Farai Dauramanzi Herald Correspondent
As the country moves forward in its aim of achieving herd immunity, one million people have so far received their first dose of the Covid-19 jab.
As of yesterday, 1 036 252 people had received the first dose while 630 610 had been fully inoculated.
In a congratulatory message that was posted on his Twitter page this afternoon, President Mnangagwa thanked the nation for heeding Government’s vaccination call.
“One million Zimbabweans have now received their first COVID-19 jab!
“Thank you to all the doctors, nurses and health officials who have made this possible. You are true Zimbabwean heroes,” said President Mnangagwa.
The country’s inoculation programme is targeting 60% (10 million) of the population to achieve herd immunity. This target is proving to be achievable due to the availability of vaccines.
Zimbabwe last week took delivery of two million Sinovac Covid-19 vaccines bought from China while another 3,5 million are expected this month.
The country also received 25 000 doses of the Russian Covid-19 vaccine — Sputnik V — that were donated by diamond miner Alrosa Group.
Zimbabwe has received rave reviews for its Covid-19 response and special praise from the World Health Organisation (WHO) for the way it has confronted the global pandemic.
The country has so far recorded a total of 78 872 infections and 2 418 deaths which has prompted the Government to embark on a massive Covid-19 vaccination drive which has now spread to various health centers in all districts.