MAPUTO, 8 March 2021 – Mozambique has launched nationwide vaccinations against the new coronavirus, with health professionals prioritized.
The elderly and people with underlying health conditions can now receive life-saving coronavirus vaccines in the country.
Other prioritized groups are essential workers, including teachers and members of the armed and security forces.
Mozambique’s ministry of health said it is targeting healthcare workers because of their “high exposure to infection” during work.
More than half of the vaccine doses received so far in Mozambqiue – a total 121,530 vaccine doses – have been distributed to the provinces of the southern African nation.
Mozambique received a total of 200,000 doses last month from China.
A total of 384,000 doses of the AstraZeneca were delivered Monday by UNICEF on behalf of the COVAX initiative on Monday. Mozabique expects to receive up to 2.4 million doses by the end of May 2021.
“The vaccine arrival today plants hope into all of us that soon we will be able to bring this suffering to an end. It is the light at the end of the tunnel. And the idea behind the COVAX facility is that this light at the end of the tunnel must shine for all.” said Maria-Luisa Fornara, UNICEF Representative in Mozambique.
Mozambican officials are also expecting another 100,000 doses from the Covishield vaccine donated by India.
As of Monday, government officials in Mozambique had confirmed a total of 62,520 COVID-19 cases, with 693 deaths and 46,421 full recoveries.