By Lloyd Takawira
At a time when most African countries are at advanced stages in procuring covid-19 vaccines, the government of Zimbabwe yesterday said it is still in the formative stages of drafting a covid-19 vaccine framework thus pooing state media claims that government was set to ship in vaccines.
Late last week state media-frenzied, running amok with claims that government was at an advanced stage in procuring covid-19 vaccines.
However, in a statement to the media, Acting Information minister Honourable Jenfan Muswere said the government was still in the formative stages of drafting a covid-19 vaccine framework.
“A draft covid-19 vaccine framework and plan is still being developed,” he said.
Presenting the same media briefing, Min Muswere said the government is worried about negligence behaviour being exhibited by people in communities in following covid-19 lockdown measures which have seen thousands arrested.
“As of 06 January 2020 , a total of 309 061 arrests were made for flouting lockdown regulations … What is worrying is that within a week 9993 people were arrested for not wearing masks and this points to negligence by some members of the society who are not taking the virus seriously and calls for behaviour change”.
The government further said new cases are exponentially recorded on a daily basis with Harare and Bulawayo topping the list of new infections.
“As of 12 January 2021, Zimbabwe cumulative cases of covid-19 shoots to 23 239 with 13 395 recoveries and 551 deaths . The national recovery rate stands at 57, 5% which signifies a drop from 80,6% “.