eSwatini aims to vaccinate entire population against COVID-19

Cropped hand wearing a nitrile glove holding a Covid-19 vaccine vial and a syringe

eSwatini, formerly known as Swaziland, is participating in the COVAX global vaccine distribution scheme co-led by the World Health Organization and hopes to receive enough vaccines for 20% of its population via the facility free of charge, Reuters reported.

According to the report, the country wants to buy vaccines for the remaining 80% of the population via COVAX.

Simon Zwane, principal secretary in the health ministry, who spoke to Reuters said that they are still trying to explore other sources of the vaccine in the event that the country fails to secure the additional vaccine doses through the COVAX Facility due to limited supplies.

eSwatini has recorded more than 9,940 coronavirus cases and over 230 deaths.

Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini died in a South African hospital last month after testing positive.