Botswana secures all 4.7m vaccines purchased

Covid vaccine arrival  PIC. THALEFANG CHARLES
Covid vaccine arrival PIC. THALEFANG CHARLES

Botswana has received the final deliveries of all 4.7 million COVID-19 vaccines purchased last year, allowing the booster programme and inoculation of teenagers to accelerate, Health Ministry spokesperson, Christopher Nyanga has said in a statement.

The 4.7 million doses include two million from Pfizer, 1.35 million from Johnson & Johnson, as well as 500,000 from Moderna. Other suppliers include AstraZeneca, Sinovac and COVAXIN.

The purchases began early last year through bilateral arrangements and multi-country arrangements such as COVAX.

"As a result, Botswana currently had more than three million doses of various COVID-19 vaccines in hand for all citizens and residents aged 12 years and above," Nyanga said.

With a population of 2.4 million, Botswana had fully vaccinated 45.7 percent of its total population by January 20, the last data available.

The country has also eased off its Omicron wave dating back to early December, with the last data indicating a seven-day moving average of less than 50 cases per 100,000 countrywide.

Editor's Comment
What about employees in private sector?

How can this be achieved when there already is little care about the working conditions of those within the private sector employ?For a long time, private sector employees have been neglected by their employers, not because they cannot do better to care for them, but because they take advantage of government's laxity when it comes to protecting and advocating for public sector employees, giving the cue to employers within the private sector...

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