Malawi sticks to AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine despite ‘Kuumisa Magazi’ reports

Government says it is sticking to the use of Oxford-AstraZeneca jab  because it is safe Covid-19 vaccine based on recommendations from scientists despite European countries – including Denmark, Norway, Austria, Italy and Iceland – have suspended it  after reports of blood clots [Kuumisa Magazi] in vaccinated people.

Ministry of Health spokesperson Joshua Malango gets his AstraZeneca jab

Malawi launched its vaccine administration on Thursday, when President Lazarus Chakwera and his vice Saulos Chilima led several political, security, diplomatic and religious dignitaries in getting the first jabs.

Recent international reports suggest that Denmark, Norway and Iceland have suspended the rollout of the vaccine, while Italy and Austria have stopped using a certain batch as a precaution.

Last month, South African authorities suspended the vaccine following a study that doubted the serum’s efficacy on the Covid variant that originated there.

Information Minister and government spokesperson Gospel Kazako said the vaccine is safe and Malawians should not have any fears in taking the jab.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation is advising countries to continue using AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine despite health fears.

WHO Spokeswoman Margaret Harris told a briefing on Friday that there was no link between the jab and developing blood clots.

She insists that the AstraZeneca vaccine is excellent and safe.

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Ngombwax
Ngombwax
4 months ago

I think there’s lots of scaremongering going on. So far in the Eurozone, 30 people have displayed signs of blood clotting. That is, 30 out of 5 million vaccinated. Representing 0.0006%. I think the chances of being struck by lightning are much higher. And it’s not been demonstrated that these clots are due to the vaccine. Not yet anyways.

So …. As for me and my family, we shall go for that shit ……

Kamchiputu
4 months ago

WHO knows the truth about AstraZeneca, but it cannot change its position now for fear of causing damage to itself. What WHO is doing now is after PRO that’s why it is using the spokeperson and not the Head of the organisation. I have said it more than once that Government must tread the vaccine issue properly, otherwise the campaign will flop. Chakwera told the nation that when the vaccine comes it will undergo the lab test locally to ascertain its safety. This has not been done and people still remmber what Chakwera’s word. Does his Government expect people to… Read more »

Anzanufe
Anzanufe
4 months ago

Covid 19 billions wasted could have been used to top-up and procure the effective vaccine from US. Unfortunately with poor leadership at the top, they just want to kill us all. Stupidity at it’s best.

Justice for all
Justice for all
4 months ago

Go ahead and I will be the last person to take after my own serious observation from u people in government I sallute you

Magufuli
4 months ago

We are tired of marketing these vaccines, let those who want to take it do so, and those who don’t want to take it don’t, simple. Moreover eating fruits and vegetables and boosting immunity is the best way to combat covid. Ask yourselves, why people from the rural village are not dying from covid? Fill your bodies with toxins from Astra zaneca at your own risk. Governments wasting money for mahala.

Fotu
Fotu
4 months ago

As if poor Malawi has any choice hahaha. Tiyeni tidalire Yehova basi.

Emsipi
Emsipi
4 months ago

Mphawi atani abale, kubwila zi vaccine zopanda ncito or even with harmful side effects which will only be known in the long run

Phillemon
4 months ago

Do you expect the Malawi government to halt the vaccine roll out? Zothandizidwazo? Chakwera told the nation that he would engage our local scientists to evaluate and determine the vaccine safety before given to people. Zimenezo zachitika? Whatever this pastor says ndi bodza lokhalokha.

President Chisokonezo
4 months ago

Tiyeni nazoni ife tikuonera

Assange
4 months ago

Don’t expect a smooth ride when it comes to drugs. Ask those who take BP medications. Some trigger diabetes and some insomnia. Some people taking ARVs don’t take bactrim because they are allergic to surphur. People should know that there politics involved in the vaccines. Sputnik is not being promoted because it’s Russian. The EU has doubts about AstraZaneca because it’s from the UK while PfizerBioNtech is connected to the Germans. The EU countries prefer one from Germany. BioNtech is a Germany pharmaceutical company. Johnson Johnson vaccine is from Belgium. It’s a fight for markets.

Eboue
Eboue
4 months ago
Reply to  Assange

Well said👏👏!! The UK who are ahead than the whole of the EU has vaccinated over 10 million with AstraZeneca with no issues reported.

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