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Malawi govt targeting 60 to 80 percent coverage for Covid-19 jab

The government is targeting to achieve coverage of 60 to 80 percent in Covid 19 vaccination through donations from various development partners.

Vice President Saulos Chilima disclosed this at Mzuzu Central Hospital when launching the Covid 19 vaccination campaign.

Both Chilima and President Lazarus Chakwera got the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine yesterday in Mzuzu and Zomba respectively.

Malawi has received the first batch of 360,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine as a donation from developed countries under the COVAX initiative.

This batch will reach out to 20 percent of the country’s population.

According to Chilima, the government’s goal is to at the governmentlaunching the Covid-19  20percent of the countryination campaign in Mzuzu  achieve a good coverage of 60percent to 80 percent in Covid 19 vaccination.

The Veep claimed that achieving this percentage would help in protecting even unvaccinated people.

He indicated that the vaccine under the COVAX facility will reach out to 20 percent of the country’s population, which is over 3.8 million people.

He revealed that more than 1.47 million doses have been approved under COVAX facility to be shipped to Malawi between now and May 2021.

In addition to the vaccines from the COVAX Facility, Chilima also discloses that the country expects 50,000 doses from the Government of India and 99,833 doses from MTN International Limited through the African Union.

So far, Malawi has 861 vaccination sites across the country and they will all be utilized during this exercise.

Meanwhile, Chilima has urged Malawians to have a positive attitude towards the vaccine saying the vaccination of President Chakwera and himself means the vaccine is not risky.

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