GABORONE, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) – There is some relief in Botswana as the country expects to receive more vaccines after its vaccination programme slowed down in the past few weeks when it ran out of vaccines.
Following the arrival of the 38,400 AstraZeneca vaccine doses on August 8, the country expects to receive 108,000 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine and a further 81,900 doses of the Pfizer vaccine this Thursday and Saturday respectively. The news comes as a huge relief to the southern African country, currently going through its worst phase of infections and escalating deaths since the outbreak of the coronavirus.
In the latest case report from the COVID-19 Presidential Task Force issued on Monday, the country had recorded 130,771 confirmed cases and 1,832 deaths, making it one of the highest deaths per 100,000 population in the world. Worse still, a slow vaccination programme has seen only 132,466 people being fully vaccinated and 243,894 having received their first dose.
The vaccines expected this week are projected to get the vaccine rollout plan back on track. Back in April, President Mokgweetsi Masisi said the country had secured enough vaccines to vaccinate eligible adults, but delays in delivery hugely disrupted the rollout plan.