Country hit by shortage of corona vaccine

Wilkins Hospital

William Makomo

Zimbabwe had this week experienced an acute shortage of Covid-19 vaccines disappointing members of the public who were turned away at major centres like Wilkins and Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals in Harare yesterday.

“The public is informed that 500,000 Sinopharm doses consignment ordered by the government from China is expected in the country in June”, said Monica Mutsvangwa, Minister of Information and Publicity.

At least 656,630 people had so far received their first jab whilst 320,166 received the second doses as of Friday 28 May. Statistics also reveal a total of 38, 854 cases were recorded out of which 1,593 deaths were recorded across the country, a recovery rate of 94%.

“There is need for a rapid rollout of the vaccine on the continent to curtain a potential third wave of Covid-19 virus and any pause in this campaign will lead to lost lives and lost hope”, said Dr Motshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional director for Africa.

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