Botswana receives over 33,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines

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The 33,600 COVID-19 vaccines were procured through the World Health Organization (WHO) COVAX facility. /Photo courtesy: Botswana Government - Twitter
The 33,600 COVID-19 vaccines were procured through the World Health Organization (WHO) COVAX facility. /Photo courtesy: Botswana Government – Twitter

Botswana on Saturday received another batch of COVID-19 vaccines purchased by the government in efforts to boost mass inoculations.

The country’s Vice President Slumber Tsogwane received the 33,600 doses of AstraZeneca upon their arrival at the at the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (SSKIA).

The vaccines were procured through the World Health Organization (WHO) COVAX facility.

Tsogwane said the southern African country is determined to obtain even more vaccines to help contain the health pandemic.

Botswana kicked off its COVID-19 vaccination program on Friday with priority given to high-risk groups including people with underlying health conditions and the elderly.

Tsogwane, who was the first to receive the jab on Friday, called for patience, noting that people will receive their jabs according to a rollout plan formulated by the Ministry of Health.

The vaccines that arrived on Saturday are set to undergo health tests before being authorized for use in the country.

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