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Epidemiologist Predicts COVID-19 Fourth Wave

Currently, the country is administering AstraZeneca and Johnson and Johnson vaccines Currently, the country is administering AstraZeneca and Johnson and Johnson vaccines - file photo

Epidemiologist Dr. Titus Divala says while the decline in COVID-19 cases is good news to every Malawian, probabilities are high that Malawi will slump into the fourth wave from November this year.

Dr. Divala told Zodiak Online that people should not relax more but continue enforcing COVID-19 preventive measures and intensify vaccination to avoid registering more cases and deaths during the fourth wave.

“The situation is not far from last year when there was a slight decline in the number of cases in the months of August and October but the graph rose somewhere around November, so we need to continue observing all preventive measures at the same time intensify vaccination campaign,” said Dr. Divala.

Meanwhile, Head of Immunization Section in the Ministry of Health Dr Mike Chisema says at least there are convincing trends in accessing COVID-19 vaccines in Malawi.

“The vaccination target under COVAX support is 3.8 million which is 20% of the country’s population by the end of this year but with the slow trend in supply the target can be reached by the first quarter of next year which is not really bad,” said Dr. Chisema.

Currently, the country is administering AstraZeneca and Johnson and Johnson vaccines and 323, 221 people have been fully vaccinated as of Thursday, 19th August, 2021.

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