Covid-19 vaccination starts tomorrow…Health workers to go first

THE country’s Covid-19 vaccination programme commences tomorrow starting with health workers following the arrival on Monday of 200 000 doses of vaccines donated by China.

China will also supply a further 600 000 doses bought by Government and the consignment is expected to arrive next month.

On Monday, President Mnangagwa said other vaccines from countries which include Russia, India and the United Kingdom are also on their way.

Chinese firm, Sinopharm, says its vaccine is 80 percent effective in preventing Covid-19 infections. The company has gained approval in over a dozen countries and has begun distributing hundreds of millions of Covid-19 doses around the world.

Early Phase I and II data suggests the Chinese vaccines are safe.

Sinopharm has previously said its Covid-19 vaccine has shown comprehensive strength with its outstanding performance in safety, high efficacy rate, cold-chain temperature friendly to most countries and a large capacity ready for massive injection.

Government has said vaccination is on a voluntary basis and is free.

During a post-Cabinet briefing yesterday, Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said all vaccinated persons will be registered and advised when to report for the second dose.




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