By Oleen Ndori
TREASURY says so far US$93 million has been channelled towards acquisition of vaccines as government remains committed to the fight against Covid-19.
As the fight against the deadly Covid-19 pandemic continues, Zimbabwe today received an additional one million doses of the World Health Organisation approved Sinovac vaccines procured by government.
Finance and Economic Development Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube says so far 93 million United States dollars has been used to acquire covid-19 jabs.
“93 million has been used for paid for doses, with 7 and a half USD for the acquisition of vaccines from the A.U facility, 1.15 million under the Covax facility so the roll out is going well in Zimbabwe and the country is well on its way to reach herd immunity,” he said.
Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care Dr John Mangwiro says the inoculation drive has been decentralised to ensure herd immunity is achieved at community level.
“The vaccines are going to be distributed across the country from the central facility. The vaccination is just not happening at government hospitals but all over even in hard to reach areas so as to reach herd immunity,” he said.
Dr Mangwiro added that government is studying the available literature on the suitability of vaccinating those between the ages of three and 17 years.
“For those between 3 and 17-there are studies being done by Sinovac to see suitability of the age group receiving the vaccine in China. Government is sitting down with paediatricians and the medicines control authority of Zimbabwe and studying available data to see and make recommendations on the issue,” he revealed.
One comma five million additional doses are expected in the country on Thursday, with government hopeful that it will have acquired 12 million doses of covid-19 vaccines by end of September.
To date more, than 1.4 million people have received their first jab while nearly 700 thousand others are fully vaccinated.
By Oleen Ndori