(Last Updated on June 27, 2021 by GERALD NCUBE)
HARARE – Government will procure seven million doses of the covid-19 vaccines within the next three months, Finance and Economic Development Minister Mthuli Ncube has said.
Prof Ncube revealed the plans by the authorities to ramp up the purchase of the much-needed vaccines following the arrival of another batch of 500 000 doses of the Chinese produced Sinopharm vaccine on Saturday.
Recently there have been reports on vaccine shortage in the country, however, the minister refuted the claims adding that government was focused “in terms of the vaccine acquisition agenda.”
“The arrival of these vaccines tells you that there is no shortage and there will be no shortage. Secondly, we are receiving 2 million vaccines by end of next week and after that, we will order another 1.5 million vaccines. And then in the month of August, we will order another 3.5million vaccines,” Prof Ncube said when quizzed about the vaccine shortages in the country.
Zimbabwe, like the rest of the world, has set out ambitious targets to vaccinate at least 60% of its population against the novel coronavirus in a bid to achieve herd immunity.