PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa says the country is now ready for a Covid-19 vaccine roll out which will be introduced soon and for free to all citizens.
The President was speaking this afternoon from State House in a State of the Nation Address.
“Our overall national response strategy has reached a stage where we can now introduce vaccines as a second front preventive measure. As such, covid-19 vaccines which have been scientifically ascertained to be safe, will soon be introduced. These will be state-funded and free. The national vaccination strategy will continue to be guided by the best available scientific evidence and the safety of Zimbabweans remains a priority,” he said.
“A national vaccine deployment framework has also been finalized. The initial objective is to inoculate at least 60 percent of the population to achieve population immunity.
“The first phase of inoculation of the vaccine will see our hardworking frontline workers, the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions being prioritised. Nevertheless, government is aware that the vaccines do not provide 100 percent protection, or in part, immunity.
“Government has set aside the requisite financial resources for the purchase of vaccines in line with our policy of pulling national effort and resources. Government will also partner the corporate world and other players in the procurement of vaccines and related consumables.”
President Mnangangwa applaude the Chinese government for its continued support in the fight against Covid-19.
“Let me convey heartfelt and sincere gratitude to the President of the People’s Republic of China, the government and people of China for their 200 000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine.
“We applaud China for taking a leading role of contributing to our national vaccination strategy.
“This kind of gesture is addition to the numerous donations support and interventions made by China since the outbreak of the virus.
“It further attests to the fact that the People’s Republic of China is a true friend of Zimbabwe.”
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