Government sticks to AstraZeneca Vaccine

Khumbize Chiponda Health Minister

The government of Malawi has decided to continue with its plans to roll-out the AstraZeneca vaccine in the country despite it being suspended in South Africa.

Minister of Health Khumbize Chiponda announced this on Monday evening during the daily COVID-19 briefing in Lilongwe.

She maintained that the Tonse administration will not change its implementation plans on the injection based on developments in the rainbow nation.

The Minister who is also the Co-Chairperson of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 explained that health experts have been working around the clock in ensuring the vaccine is safe for Malawians and claimed 60 percent of the country is in support of it.

Concurring with Chiponda, government Spokesperson Gospel Kazako said the situation in South Africa is still being monitored and urged the public not to panic.

He took time to assure the nation that the Taskforce will act on President Lazarus Chakwera’s directive to receive reports on how the K6.2 billion of COVID-19 funds was spent by the different ministries and clusters in the response team.

To be rolled out: The AstraZeneca Vaccine

As of 8th February 2021, Malawi registered 227 new COVID-19 cases, 155 new recoveries, 34 admissions and 18 deaths.

With a case fatality rate at 3.2 percent, the country has cumulatively, recorded 27, 422 cases including 874 deaths.

Of the new cases, 226 are locally transmitted and Co-Chairperson of the Taskforce Dr. John Phuka, stressed on the need to focus energies on stopping the community transmission by limiting the human-to-human transmission of the disease.

I would like to ask each one of us to do self -reflection as more people are getting infected daily. Our lives have been disrupted greatly due to this disease and the faster will deal with COVID-19 the better.

“This is the time for us to seriously consider to re-strategise our day to day lives and only make decisions that help to reduce the spread of the virus in our midst,” he advised.