More Covid-19 vaccines pour in

More Covid-19 vaccines pour in

TANZANIA yesterday received a total of 376,320 doses of Moderna for 188,160 people, as part of the continued government’s efforts to fight Covid-19 pandemic. The arrival of the Moderna vaccine provide multiple options for Tanzanians on the types of vaccines they should go for.

It has been received under Covax arrangement, whereby Tanzania, like other countries, will receive vaccines which will cover 20 per cent of its total population. Moderna becomes the fourth Covid-19 vaccine to be received in Tanzania, others are Pfizer, Johnson &Johnson from the US and Sinopharm from China.

So far, the government has approved five vaccines to be used in the country, which have also been endorsed by the World Health Organisation (WHO), which includes Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson (J&J), Moderna, Sinopharm and Sinovac.

Receiving the vaccine on Friday, Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender Elderly and Children Dorothy Gwajima said the arrival of the Moderna vaccine makes a total of 6,408,950 doses of all vaccines that have been imported into the country so far.

“The 6,408,950 doses of all vaccines that have been received so far include Moderna, Sinopharm, J&J and Pfizer meant for 3,204,475 Tanzanians,” she said. By November 19 this year, a total of 1,359,624 Tanzanians were fully vaccinated, among whom, 988,293 were injected with a single shot of J&J vaccine while the remaining had received double shots of Sinoparm.

According to her, some 371,331 others received a single shot of Sinopharm. Dr Gwajima also named Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, Dodoma, Arusha, Mwanza, Ruvuma, Mbeya, Morogoro, Mtwara and Kagera as the regions that have performed well in the issuance ofCovid-19 vaccines.

The minister also commended development partners under Covax facility such as GAVI, WHO and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for their continued efforts on supplying the vaccines to Tanzania.

Moreover, she reminded Tanzanians who are not yet vaccinated to consider taking the jabs since the vaccines are safe as they have been endorsed by WHO and approved by the government’s competent laboratories. She stressed on the need for the public to adhere to all preventive measures, including wearing masks, washing hands with running water and soap routinely and using hand sanitisers.

Other measures outlined include avoiding overcrowded places and, where necessary, considering social distancing by at least one meter from one person to another and regular physical exercises coupled with measuring temperature.

The minister was cementing the remarks that President Samia Suluhu Hassan made in Chato District, Geita Region in October this year during the climax of Uhuru Torch race and commemoration of the 22th death anniversary of the founding father, the late Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere. During the event, President Samia re-emphasised on the importance of the general public to continue taking Covid-19 precautions, adding that vaccination is the greatest option.

“Covid-19 situation is still not pleasant, the rate of infection is still big, the vaccines are now in every corner of Tanzania, I therefore call upon Tanzanians to go and take the vaccines. I also appeal to health experts and youths in their groups to raise awareness on the preventive measures,” noted the head of state.


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