Access to Health Care and Zimbabwe’s COVID-19 Vaccine program

Introduction

Government, through Statutory Instrument 10 of 2021, reintroduced level 4 lockdown for 30 days starting on January 5, 2021 following a surge in COVID-19 cases. According to the government, COVID-19 cases doubled in two months, from 8 374 at the start of November, to 14 084 and 369 virus-related deaths at the time of the announcement of the lockdown. The cases continue to rise with Zimbabwe recording its highest number of coronavirus fatalities in a single day on Monday 18 January 2021, with 60 deaths and 1 112 new infections, according to the Ministry of Health and Child Care. As at Wednesday 20 January 2021 the total cases are now at 29 408, including 19 253 recoveries and 879 deaths. There is no doubt, that the decision to revert to level 4 lockdown is the correct one. However, it is important that implementation is done differently, informed by lessons from the previous lockdown.

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Source: Poverty Reduction Forum