Chakwera launches Malawi Covid-19 vaccine drive, first to get jab: Says AstraZeneca ‘effective and suitable’

President Lazarus Chakwera launched the  long-awaited coronavirus vaccine campaign on Thursday  in Zomba and was among the first to be inoculated  with a call for Malawians to quickly get immunized.

President Chakwera:I have volunteered to be the first one to be vaccinated so that you can see that the vaccine is safe
President Chakwera: Gets his jab

The president expressed optimism that with the vaccine, the country would see change in number of new infections.

“Covid-19 has robbed us of our freedom, destroyed business and jobs, restricted our travels and disturbed our communal life. Painfully, the pandemic has infected 32, 000 Malawians and killed many of our beloved ones.

“However the change has come, we expect to see reduced cases of new infection. The vaccine has come at the nick of time to give us the second wind in our quest to defeat the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.

The President has since asked Malawians not to be scared or absorb the false information in regards to the vaccine but rather join in the fight by getting vaccinated.

“There is no question that this vaccination programme is a must have. The damage that Covid-19 has caused to our society is plain for all to see. For this reason, we must have the vaccine to protect ourselves from catching the virus.

“Noone should fool or scare Malawians with lies about the vaccine. As far as the vaccines are concerned, AstraZeneca has been found by our scientists to be safe, effective and suitable,” Chakwera said, referring to his acceptance to be the first one to be vaccinated as a sign of the safety of the vaccines.

The President hailed health workers for their dedication to work and development partners especially World Health Organisation (WHO) and Global Alliance on Vaccine and Immunization (GAVI) for the technical and financial support.

Minister of Health, Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, warned health workers not to sale the vaccines and also not to be biased in the admission of the same.

Kandodo said the vaccine is for every Malawian and as such, everyone must be vaccinated.

The minister called on Malawians to exercise patience in case some do not get the vaccine, saying government will continue to buy the vaccines.

It is expected that health workers, teachers, the army, the police and the media would be the first to get vaccinated.

Over 861 centers across the country will provide the vaccination.

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1 year ago


1 year ago

Mr President why BBC and Ajezela news yesterday after you take the jab said that this vaccine can course blood clots and one person died , but you keep on telling your people this is a good vaccine. You take Johnson jab i see you take one dose instead of three doses.

1 year ago

Koma chigulu chonsecho kuperekeza ku katemela? Koma a Malawinso pena we are not serious. I am sure most of those have claimed lunch allowances for today. Ndalama zopatsa aphunzitsi zilipo koma odya ake ndi ochepa.

Team pedegu
1 year ago

Please don’t trouble our APM with this blood clotting Astrazeneca jab. In europe this vaccine is being suspended due to serious failure. People are dying of blood clot. Muisovenge a chilima a Chakwera ndi a bishop msusa of UTM. Your days are now numberd.

1 year ago

Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Italy have suspended astrazanecca vaccine because it causes blood clots. So what are you trying to achieve here? Check ‘ ‘

Wakwiya ndi kadeti
1 year ago

Mukabayenso APM and Bakili malinga ndi misinkhu yawo yafika kale kumapeto. Paja covid-19 sakuyanjana ndi nkhalamba. The vulnerable are from 50 plus.

Liars exposed
1 year ago

You are right Covid-19 imadana ndi nkhalamba just like HIV imadana ndi achinyamata. If you go to any graveyard you will notice that many young people are dying from HIV than Covid-19.

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