Britain has offered to vaccinate 20 per cent of Zimbabwe’s population against the COVID-19 pandemic, the state-controlled Herald newspaper reported on Thursday.
The 20 per cent of the population will cover the most vulnerable three million persons in the country.
UK’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Melaine Robinson, made the commitment when she met Vice-President and Health Minister Constantino Chiwenga.
“We discussed COVID-19 and particularly vaccines. The UK has been a leading country in the world putting the Covax together.
“We have put over 700 million dollars into making sure that the lower- and middle-income countries can vaccinate their most vulnerable populations,” she said.
Robinson said that Zimbabwe was on track to become one of the countries that would benefit from the vaccine, adding that distribution would start when the right immunity against COVID-19 was achieved.
Chiwenga pledged that Zimbabwe would prioritise the vaccination of frontline healthcare workers and other critical groups like the elderly.
“Once we have accepted the 20 per cent, which is being offered, we also look at our own resources to ensure the rest of the population are covered,” he said.
As of Wednesday, Zimbabwe had registered 12, 656 COVID-19 cases, 10, 259 recoveries and 330 deaths.