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Health Experts Differ on Covid19 Vaccine Uptake Stats

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Health experts have given mixed views on the statistics released by the Presidential Taskforce on Covid 19 that one million Malawians are now fully vaccinated from the disease.

George Jobe of the Malawi Equity Health Network (MEHN) says it is not time to celebrate the figures, as it represents lack of commitment among Malawians to get vaccinated against the pandemic as the milestone was supposed to be reached last year.

"This is not news worth celebrating for is as a nation, as it shows that we are failing to have more Malawians come for a jab. We have been fighting to have the vaccines in the country for a long time but the time we were running short of the vaccines, we were losing chances to pull more Malawians," said Jobe.

"Government, through the ministry of health should intensify door to door vaccination exercises for the target to be realized," he added.

But Public Health Professor Maureen Chirwa says the achievement deserves to be cautiously celebrated.

She has, however, called for health workers to work extra hard for the targeted figures to be met.

"The milestone is worth celebrating, our health workers have done good job and I urge them to work harder so that we achieve what we want," said Chirwa.

Malawi has had a downward spiral in cases of COVID-19 infections despite the pandemic now causing havoc in other countries.

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