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Nearly 2500 vaccinated on first day

The authorities have managed to inoculate just under 2,500 people on the first day of administration of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine yesterday, Monday.

Former President Bakili Muluzi alongside some of his family members and senior local journalists joined hundreds of health and social services workers who received their jabs on Monday.

Director of Health and Social Services at the Blantyre District Health Office, Gift Kawalazira argues that the figures confirm the willingness that Malawians now have to receive the vaccine.

“In general I can say the campaign has started well, and we are getting a positive response from our health workers and those that have been designated to receive the vaccine in the first phase,” Kawalazira said.

He added that on Monday, which can be regarded as the first day, 2 487 people were vaccinated, out of which 336 received the jab in Blantyre.

And speaking on Monday evening during a Covid-19 daily update, Health Minister Khumbize Chiponda assured Malawians that efforts are underway to procure more doses to satisfy growing demand.

For Blantyre alone, a total of 30 centres are expected to administer the vaccine in the first phase, and 7 centres will be operating per day.

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