Zimbabwe not ready for Johnson and Johnson Covid-19 vaccine

by | Jun 8, 2021 | COVID 19, International, Local News | 0 comments


Hosia Mviringi

Zimbabwe will not take up its allocation of the Affeximbank Covid-19 vaccine facility which was scheduled for August 2021.

This is because there are a number of prerequisites yet to be fully met.

In a statement Zimbabwe’s Finance and Economic Development Permanent Secretary, Mr George Guvamatanga cited the country’s logistical unpreparedness as major reason for not taking up the offer.

“The government of Zimbabwe notes that there is an allocation of Johnson and Johnson vaccine due for August 2021.
However I wish to advise that the government of Zimbabwe is not yet ready to participate in the August allocation as measures are still being put in place to establish the cold chain management framework for the vaccines, as well as management of the anticipated adverse effects of the vaccines following inoculation,” he said

“Therefore we will advise of our readiness to receive the vaccine once our internal processes have been concluded, hopefully in time for the next allocation.”

Currently, Zimbabwe is dispensing Sputnik V, SinoVac, SinoPharm and Covaxin.