Written by  Thomas Psyata

In a bid to match demand for COVID-19 vaccines, government says has set aside about K25 Billion for procurement of more vaccines to ensure that all willing Malawians are vaccinated against the global health pandemic.


"Apart from the donated vaccines, we have budgeted to buy from manufacturers so that we vaccinate about 11 million Malawians", said health Minister Khumbize Chiponda when she inspected some facilities administering the vaccines in Lilongwe.

Recently, the country was hit by a massive shortage of the vaccines, which disrupted the vaccination exercise, prompting stakeholders to call on the government to make efforts to procure the much needed vaccines instead of relying on donors.

The Health Minister was also impressed with people's response towards vaccines as compared to first consignment that had about 20 thousands doses destroyed.  

In her remarks Lilongwe Director of Health and Social Services Dr Alinafe Tambala revealed that the district is this time overwhelmed by the turnout of people seeking to be vaccinated.

"We established 70 facilities for administration of the vaccines for the 50 thousand that we received and all facilities have long queues", said Dr. Tambala.  

Malawi received 192 thousand doses of AstraZeneca through the Covax facility and is expecting more doses from various initiatives.

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