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Government unclear on arrival dates for Covid vaccine

The government is failing to come out clearly on when exactly the first batch of the AstraZeneca Covid 19 vaccine will arrive in the country.

Earlier this week, President Chakwera announced that the first batch of 100, 000 doses would come in during the last couple days of the month.

However, with only two days before the month ends, there is uncertainty surrounding the arrival of the consignment.

When Capital FM approached several officials from the Ministry of Health and the taskforce on Covid 19 to give details on the vaccine’s arrival, their mobile phones went unanswered.

And when approached, Co-Chair of the taskforce Wilfred Chalamira Nkhoma told our reporter that he does not have adequate information on the matter

“I am actually going to the ministry of health right now because they are the ones with that particular information, so let me get some other details,” Chalamira Nkhoma said.

According to previous statements from Capital Hill, the first consignment will target health officials, people with underlying health conditions, the elderly and public school teachers

There are concerns however, that the anticipated doses are disproportionate with the amount of people in the target groups.

Executive Director for the Health Rights and Education Program Maziko Matemba appeals for the government to come out clearly on the administration process and targets.

Metemba adds that there has to be a clear plan on how the first batch will be administered, as the country awaits the other doses that governments is waiting for.

Speaking in his national address last Sunday, Chakwera was confident that the vaccines will be in the country within the anticipated time and in time for commencement.

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