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Covid vaccine stocks running out in major cities

Just four days after the resumption of  the COVID-19 vaccine administration , health authorities in Blantyre have confirmed that the city has run out of the AstraZeneca doses.

Hundreds of Malawians have for the past three days been flocking to vaccination centres across the country to receive their jabs.

A Capital FM spot check found long queues in some centres as early as six o’clock in the morning.

From the 192, 000 doses which arrived in the country over the weekend, Blantyre received 28, 000 doses.

Speaking to Capital FM earlier today, Director of Health and Social Services for Blantyre Gift Kawalazira revealed that as of Thursday morning, only a few centres were remaining with the vaccine in the city.

Kawalazira projected depletion of the remaining stocks to be by afternoon hours of today.

The situation is also similar in Lilongwe city.

Following the development, Ministry of Health officials have assured the public that the country will receive about 100, 000 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine in the coming weeks.

This however raises questions as the authorities earlier told Capital FM that they will not allow people to combine the vaccines, for those requiring the second dose.

As at Wednesday, a total of 95,785 had been vaccinated, with 19, 999 accounting for first dose administration and 75, 786 for second dose jabs.

This brought the cumulative number of vaccinated people in the country to 504 195.

Meanwhile, district health officials for Blantyre are anticipating an even higher turn-out of people when the next consignment of the Covid-19 vaccine arrives in the country.

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