Zimbabwe’s impressive vaccine procurement continues unabated

by | Apr 2, 2021 | COVID 19, Local News | 0 comments

Alex Samanyanga

Zimbabwe has further intensified efforts to vaccinate its citizens, as the country purchased more Covid-19 vaccines from China.

Through a press statement released by the Honourable Minister of Finance and Economic Development Professor Mthuli Ncube, Government said it has mobilised USD100 million towards the purchase of vaccines.

“I am pleased to announce that Government has this week received 1 056 000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines purchased from China, which are being made available to Zimbabwe Citizens free of charge at designated vaccination centres.
Going forward the country will be receiving about 1million doses of Covid-19 vaccines per month from additional purchases aimed at reaching the herd immunity target,” said Minister Ncube .

The government acknowledged and appreciated the support from the private sector in purchasing and distributing of the vaccines. DHL international partnered the Government for the shipment of the vaccines under an arrangement that will ensure safe and cost-effective delivery of vaccines to the country.

Government-approved use of four vaccines from India, China, and Russia and all approved vaccines will be procured through the National Vaccine Procurement Fund managed by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development.

The uptake of Covid-19 Vaccine has increased significantly following the launch of Phase 2 of stage one of the vaccination program by His Excellency President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Victoria Falls on 24 March 2021.

With a population of about 15 million Zimbabwe aims to vaccinate about 10 million citizens.

To date, Zimbabwe has procured more than one million vaccines and the only thing stopping the country from getting more is the specialised storage space, which is finite.