VP Chiwenga Becomes The First To Receive Vaccine In Zimbabwe
Talk about leading by example, especially on the much questioned subject at hand.
Zimbabwe’s Vice President and Minister of Health Rtd General Chiwenga made history today as he volunteered to be the first Zimbabwean to be vaccinated against Covid-19 with the controversial Chinese Sinopharm vaccine.
He did the honourable gesture on Thursday 18 February morning at Wilkins Infectious Hospital where a number of the country’s frontline health workers – his subordinates – were waiting to be inoculated.
Zimbabwe’s fast track vaccination came a few days after the Chinese People’s government donated 200 000 doses of the holy grail as the country struggled with the new South African variant of Covid-19.
However, the build up to the day today was characterised with mixed feelings from netizens who doubted the controversial drug.
Studies across the globe put Sinopharm vaccine as the least effective vaccine with 73% efficacy in fight against Covid-19, let alone the new variant.
Mr Chiwenga’s ministry has been hard on efforts to grow confidence on the drug.
Health care workers and many vulnerable groups put on the priority list are set to receive the vaccine from today going forward on ‘volunteer basis’.
The publication earlier warned, through literature gathered on the Sinopharm vaccine that some countries were not recommending people living with HIV/AIDS to take the Sinopharm vaccine.
From the information shared about the Sinopharm vaccine in Cambodia, people living with HIV/AIDS should not take the vaccine because Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) suppresses the immune system. People with cancer who are undergoing chemotherapy are also advised not to take the vaccine.
In Zimbabwe, however, the ministry of health has not yet issued any precautionary measure for people living with HIV and AIDS to either take the vaccine or not.
Rather, frontline groups and the vulnerable – meaning those at risk of being affected more by the virus are to receive the Sinopharm vaccine from today onwards.
President Mnangagwa who many expected to lead from the front and take the first Covid-19 vaccine jab, congratulated his deputy saying: