192,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses to arrive Saturday

The Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 says Malawi will finally receive a consignment of 192,000 doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines on July 24, 2021.

“As you are aware that we had paused our COVID-19 vaccination program as we had run out of the vaccines, am glad to inform the public that we are receiving a consignment of 192,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines Saturday the 24th of July 2021.

The vaccine distribution to all the districts will start on Sunday and it is expected that by Wednesday all the vaccination sites in the country will have the vaccines,” said in a statement, the Taskforce’s co-chairperson Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda.

She added that the vaccines will be available in government and CHAM facilities.

Chiponda said government has trained more health workers in all the districts to ensure availability of adequate staff in the vaccination sites.

She assured Malawians that the country will receive another consignment of the vaccine this month.

“We are anticipating another consignment of the AstraZeneca vaccines before this month ends and more consignments are expected in August hence no need to panic.

“Apart from the AstraZeneca vaccines, we are also expecting a consignment of Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines in August and another consignment of Pfizer/BionTech COVID-19 vaccine end August/early September,” she said.

The Johnson and Johnson is a single dose vaccine while for Pfizer, a person requires two doses given at 21 days interval from the first dose.

The Ministry is expected to update the public on actual delivery dates for the vaccines.

A total of 428,407 vaccine doses have been administered in the country so far.

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