Malawi to begin vaccinating Health Care Workers against COVID-19 this week

Malawi's President Lazarus Chakwera.PHOTO/NyasaTimes
Malawi’s President Lazarus Chakwera.PHOTO/NyasaTimes

During the Malwai Presidential update on COVID-19, President Lazarus Chakwera announced that the country would be receiving an additional 100,000 AstraZeneca vaccines acquired through the African Union this week.

Health Care Workers are set to be the first to receive the vaccines. “In providing vaccine protection from COVID-19, Health Workers must be first in line because they are our last line of defeat, they put their lives at risk to save lives everyday, and they share in the devastation we feel from losing loved ones to this virus” said President Chakwera during the address.

A different consignment from AstraZeneca vaccines, containing about 1.5 million doses is  set to arrive at the end of February for roll-out in match for the general population

Malawi has faced an increase of COVID-19 cases and deaths that is overwhelming the southern African country where a presidential residence and a national stadium have been turned into field hospitals in efforts to save lives.

The country has so far recorded 29,035 cases of Coronavirus and 952 deaths, with 100 succumbing to the disease this past week alone.