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The Zimbabwean President, Emmerson Mnangagwa earlier today took to his Twitter handle to announce that the country has received its first batch of COVID-19 vaccine from China and that they would start vaccinating Zimbabweans this week.
“The first batch of vaccines for Zimbabwe has been successfully delivered. We start vaccinating Zimbabweans this week!
“The faster our country is protected against this virus, the faster Zimbabwe’s economy can flourish,” Mnangagwa tweeted.
The Zimbabwean government was forced to hasten its push to acquire the COVID-19 vaccine after four government Ministers had officially died of the COVID-19 virus, which has also prompt the country to further tighten its lockdown measures.
According to media reports, several other cabinet ministers are all fighting for their lives in a private hospital.
“We are in a dark cloud that we have to clear very soon,” deputy health minister John Mangwiro had said.
Mangwiro revealed plans to intensify the current lockdown, which has been in place since early January and includes a strict nightly curfew.
Restaurants, bars, and gyms have also been forced to close.
Zimbabwe has registered over 30,500 cases of the lethal infection since the start of the pandemic, including more than 960 deaths.
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