President Lazarus Chakwera has cautioned Malawians against spreading unfounded rumours about the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.
Speaking when he officially rolled-out administration of the vaccine at Zomba State Lodge Field Hospital earlier today, Chakwera spoke highly of the safety and effectiveness of the serum.
Last Friday, Malawi received some 360,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine whose first recipients include healthcare workers, the elderly and persons with various underlying health conditions
The President has since become the first person to receive the Covid jab, seconded by First Lady, Monica.
Vice President Saulos Chilima also Joined Chakwera in leading the nation in the vaccination program, as he also received his jab at the Mzuzu Central Hospital.
Other dignitaries who have also received the jab include former resident Joyce Banda, UN Resident Coordinator Maria Jose Torres, MDF Commander Vincent Nundwe, Police Chief George Kainja, and Bishop Thomas Msusa.
Although the Vaccine is coming amid resistance from certain section of the society, it is bringing hope to those eager to be vaccinated of victory in the fight against the pandemic.
It also comes at a time the number of Covid-19 cases has dropped in the country.
Currently there are public calls for the government to ease the restrictions that have been put to curb the spread of the virus such as the cap on public gatherings, as well as the curfew owing to the drop in cases and Covid deaths.
On such calls, the President reveals that the government will likely ease Covid -19 preventive restrictions when the country’s positivity rate gets to 5 %.The positivity rate is currently at 8 %.
The President has however warned the public against complacency, arguing that it will result in a resurgence of cases.
He has since described the rolling out of the COVID19 vaccination program as a major milestone for Malawi as it joins the global community in containing the pandemic.