HARARE – Zimbabwe’s Covid-19 vaccination programme has received a vote of confidence from the World Health Organization (WHO), ENN reports.  To date, almost one million Zimbabweans have received the first Covid-19 dose, marking a key milestone in the nation’s quest to achieve herd immunity. With this milestone, Zimbabwe has been ranked the 7th best country in Africa on the implementation of the Covid-19 vaccination strategy.

The majority of vaccinated Zimbabweans received jabs of the Chinese-made sinopharm vaccine. The sinopharm vaccine was amongst the many Covid-19 vaccine varieties that were licensed for emergency use by the World Health organization. after being authorized for emergency use by WHO.

“I am glad to announce that as of May 7, 2021, the nation achieved a great feat by surpassing half a million citizens who have been vaccinated, with a total of 500 422 having received their first dose”, said Vice president Constatino Chiwenga during his media address.

“The development is very encouraging as we aspire to achieve herd immunity”, Chiwenga further said as he encouraged more Zimbabweans to take up the jabs.

Zimbabwe’s 7th position in Africa was ahead of its neighbours and regional economic powerhouse – South Africa – who were ranked 31st in Africa on Covid-19 vaccines management.