The Swaziland (eSwatni) Government has missed its own deadline for delivering the first coronavirus vaccines into the kingdom.
Minister of Health Lizzie Nkosi had promised they would be in Swaziland by the end of February at the latest.
Now, in a statement, she says 108,000 doses will ‘be delivered anytime soon’.
On Monday (1 March 2021) she said ‘transportation logistics’ had still to be overcome by UNICEF.
She said enough doses were expected to cover 20 percent of the kingdom’s population which is about 1.2 million people. She added the balance of the vaccines were expected in the second quarter of 2021.
The Oxford University / AstraZeneca vaccines are coming through the COVAX Facility. She said the African Union had secured a provisional 270 million doses of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines to distribute across the continent, including Swaziland.
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