Monitoring Government Responses to COVID-19: Long Term Observers’ Report Number 2

Introduction
This report is a part of ZESN’s efforts to inform policy makers and interventions of non-State actors who seek to compliment government efforts in flattening the COVID-19 curve. Based on updates received from ZESN LTOs, the report covers developments that occurred during the month of March 2021.

During the reporting period,the country entered into the second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination programme targeting schoolteachers, the security services, Judiciary, clergy, elderly and people with chronic conditions.

During the same phase, President Emmerson Mnangagwa also received his first shot of the Sinovac vaccine on 24 March 2021. As he launched the second phase, President Mnangagwa indicated that over 68% of the targeted group under phase one had been vaccinated.

Zimbabwe bought 200,000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine from China earlier this month. China also donated 400,000 Sinopharm doses. The country received the first consignment of the Indian Covaxin vaccines (35 000 doses out of the 75 000 donated by the government of India) on 29 March.

Ministry of Health Summary Updates
The Ministry of Health and Child Care continues to provide updates on COVID-19 via its social media platforms and its official website. Such updates continued to be vital in informing interventions of both state and non-state actors. As at 06 April 2021, Zimbabwe had 36 966 confirmed cases, including 34 242 recoveries and 1 531 deaths. To date, a total of 139 133 people have been vaccinated against COVID-19

Read the full report here (763KD PDF)

Source: ZESN

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