COVID VACCINE DEPLOYMENT AND ROLL OUT PLAN
THE VICE PRESIDENT AND MINISTER OF HEALTH AND CHILD CARE (HON. RTD. GENERAL DR. CHIWENGA): Mr. Speaker Sir, let me brief the House on the COVID Vaccine Deployment and Roll out Plan as we have planned it and implementing it. Mr. Speaker Sir, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the country resulting in 34 949 positive cases and 1 382 deaths as of 11 February 2021. The high numbers of both positive cases and deaths has prompted the country to plan for the introduction of a vaccine. The country has already secured 200 000 doses of the vaccine from Sinopharm from the People’s Republic of China which it has graciously donated to Zimbabwe. This is our first of the vaccines to come into the country which will be administered to priority groups in the country. I want to hasten to add that from now we will be getting the vaccines regularly, maybe every two to three weeks so that the programme of vaccinating our people does not stop. In addition, an operational budget to fund the implementation of planned activities is in place and has been shared with Treasury. The country’s COVID-19 vaccination and deployment plan identifies key areas for successful roll out of the vaccine.