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President ED urges citizens to take Covid-19 vaccine

by Kudakwashe Vhenge

Tafadzwa Chigandiwa

President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa has advised all citizens to take up the jab of Covid-19 vaccine in order to mitigate the spread of the deadly virus.

The president took to his official twitter handle to urge the citizens to inoculate.

“These vaccines help minimize the risk of infection and are being administered all over Zimbabwe free of charge. You and I need to defeat the disease. So, get vaccinated now. This is our stand against Covid-19. Together, we will conquer. Get vaccinated now.” he wrote on his twitter account.

The encouragement follows after Zimbabwe which is also in the midst of fighting the novel corona virus just like the globe at large, became one of the African countries to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.

Zimbabwe received a donation of 200 000 Sinopharm vaccines from China, last month. The Chines government also pledged to donate 200 000 more vaccines that are set to be delivered anytime soon.

Apart from the Chinese donation, Zimbabwe has placed aside US$100 million budget for the procurement for other Covid-19 vaccines.

Moreover, despite that Zimbabwe’s Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care, Constantino Chiwenga led by example to become the first person to get the vaccine, there has been vaccine hesitancy due to a number of conspiracy theories and rumors about the unsubstantiated dangers of the vaccine.

In relation to that Zimbabwe’s Covid-19 coordinator Dr Agnes Mahomva, previously indicated that the roll out process has been slow due to these conspiracy theories, however she later revealed that people are slowly accepting the vaccine.

In response to Covid-19 infections, President Mnangagwa extended the lockdown by 2 weeks though the regulations were eased.

Nonetheless, as a matter of relaxation, Mpilo Central Hospital acting chief executive, Solwayo Ngwenya has hinted of an imminent deadlier Covid-19 third wave in Zimbabwe.

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