Malawi has administered less than half of 360,000 AstraZeneca doses

Bishop Msusa of the Catholic Church getting his jab
  • As Malawi registers declining COVID-19 cases

Malawi continues to registers a drop in coronavirus cases in April with the highest mark being 33 on 1st April and the lowest number of 12 infections registered on 5th April, 2021.

The highest number of deaths recorded during the period stated hit three and one case was registered on 1st, 2nd and 5th April.

Out of the total 1,658 active cases, 24 are admitted in the country’s treatment units.

With the Case Fatality Rate standing at 3.34 percent, cumulatively, Malawi has recorded 33,673 cases including 1,124 deaths.

However on the COVID-19 vaccination exercise currently underway, only 160,445 doses have been administered in the country with 871 being administered in the past 24 hours as of 5th April.

This means that out of the 360,000 doses under the COVAX facility, 199,555 is yet to be utilised which is less than half of the total number of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccines Malawi received.

Chiponda (R) captured with President Chakwera during one of the COVID-19 updates

This is despite the establishment of extra centers in Lilongwe and Blantyre for the exercise which were still operating during Easter holidays.

Undeterred, government reminded the public that vaccination is a safe and effective way of protecting people against harmful diseases prior to contact with the causative agent of the disease as it uses the body’s natural defences to build resistance to specific infections making the immune system stronger.

“Vaccination is one of the most effective and impactful public health measure as it helps to reduce mortality and morbidity from various diseases. It has helped to eradicate diseases such as small pox, and eliminated diseases diseases such as polio.

“Getting vaccinated is one of the many steps you can take to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

“Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools available. Vaccines work with your immune system to get your body ready to fight the virus if you are exposed, while other preventive measures such as masks, hand washing with soap and social distancing, help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others. When these are combined, they offer the best protection,” read a statement from the Presidential Taskforce.

The Taskforce’s Co-Chairperson Khumbize Chiponda, has urged the citizenry to note the process is still in progress in all government and Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM) facilities and to get the jab.