Zimbabwe has been allocated 984 000 doses of AstraZeneca Vaccines through the COVAX Scheme, Newzwire reports. This was revealed by The Global Vaccine Alliance (GAVI) which stated that the vaccines will be allocated to 142 counties between February and May 2021.
The revised plan published by GAVI stated that:
- 237 million doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine manufactured under license by Serum Institute of India will be distributed to 142 countries between February and May 2021.
- Zimbabwe is in line to receive 984,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, down from the 1,152 million doses in terms of the preliminary allocation roster published last month.
GAVI CEO Seth Berkley explained the difference between the number published today and the numbers published a month ago:
The reason some of the numbers have changed is because of the complexity of getting pre-qualification approvals and shippings. The same number of doses will ultimately be made available
Meanwhile, the government has said 600 000 doses of Sinopham from China, which are part of the 1.8 million doses the government is planning to buy from China will be delivered soon. Over 10 000 frontline workers have received the first shot of the COVID-19 jab that came from China a few weeks ago in February. Most of those that have received the vaccine are nurses and doctors.