President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said local health experts are assessing COVID-19 vaccines and a safe and effective vaccine will be rolled out soon.
President Mnangagwa said this in a televised State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Saturday afternoon where he also warned that security forces are ready to tighten the lockdown if need be.
He added that frontline staff in the fight against the pandemic shall be prioritised. The President said:
Consultations are underway with the private sector to ensure we pool our efforts and resources for a definitive national response.
We will spare no effort, spare no resources to save the lives of Zimbabweans. We will spare no effort to protect our frontline staff who have served us remarkably well under very challenging conditions in these trying times.
They are the heroes and heroines of our nation and should receive priority protection so they, in turn, protect you, me, all of us.
Once we receive the vaccine and it will be quiet soon, they will be the first ones to be inoculated.
President Mnangagwa spoke after several ruling ZANU PF party bigwigs, former and current government officials succumbed to COVID-19 in recent days
On Friday, ZANU PF Mashonaland East provincial chairperson and transport minister Joel Biggie Matiza, former education minister Aeneas Chigwere and former Prisons boss Paradzai Zimhondi succumbed to the respiratory illness.