Zimbabwe committed to containing the Covid-19 pandemic – Ambassador Shava

By Josephine Mugiyo

Zimbabwe remains committed to putting in place necessary measures to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

This was said by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Ambassador Frederick Shava, during a virtual briefing to members of the diplomatic corps and international cooperating partners.

This Monday saw members of the National Covid-19 Task Force briefing international cooperating partners and members of the diplomatic corps on the strides Zimbabwe has taken in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ambassador Shava, who chaired the meeting, said in the light of the delta variant that saw an increase in positive cases and deaths, the country has put in place measures to ensure self-sufficiency in dealing with Covid-19, which include the establishment of an oxygen plant in Mutare.

“In our efforts to improve self-sufficiency in the fight against COVID-19, a medical oxygen plant was commissioned by his excellency the President Dr Emmerson Mnangagwa. This plant will ensure oxygen supplies, especially during this period when we are witnessing increased demand due to the delta variant,” the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Ambassador Fredrick Shava said.

The meeting was also briefed on the vaccination roll out programme, with the country having received 9 out of the 12 million doses purchased by government.

“In that regard we continue to receive additional doses of the Sinopharm vaccines which will broaden and intensify government’s vaccination programme,” Ambassador Shava added.

In their presentations, members of the task force also reiterated the need to guard against complacency as schools reopen.