Botswana to receive more COVID-19 vaccines in August


The vaccines will be given as a second dose to those who have received their first injections. / CFP Image

There is some relief in Botswana as the country expects to receive more vaccines after its vaccination schedule has slowed down in recent weeks due to vaccine unavailability.

Following the arrival of 38,400 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine on August 8, the country expects to receive 108,000 doses of “Johnson & Johnson” vaccine and 81,900 additional doses of Pfizer vaccine on Thursday and Saturday respectively.

The news of the arrival of vaccines is a huge relief for this southern African country which is currently going through its worst phase of infections and escalating deaths since the coronavirus epidemic.

In the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19’s latest case report released on Monday, the country had 130,771 confirmed cases and 1,832 deaths, making it one of the highest deaths per 100,000 population in the world . On the other hand, a slow vaccination program saw only 132,466 people fully immunized and 243,894 receiving their first dose.

The vaccines expected this week should put the vaccine deployment plan back on track. In April, President Mokgweetsi Masisi said the country had obtained enough vaccines to immunize the eligible adult population, but delivery delays significantly disrupted the deployment plan.


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