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Frontline workers hopeful about soon receiving COVID-19 vaccine

Feb. 6, 2021 2 min read

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THE arrival of first batch of COVID-19 vaccine in South Africa has raised the hopes of local health workers who are confident that Lesotho will soon follow suit.

President of the Qiloane Nursing Assistants Association David Matšela said the members are hopeful that the government will realise the significance of the vaccine especially for frontline workers in the health sector.

The workers he said are at risk of losing their lives because of the virus, adding that as soon as the vaccine arrives in Lesotho, the spread of the deadly virus will be put under control.

The government has announced that it will receive the first batch of the vaccine in April.

After receiving the vaccine earlier this week, SA President Cyril Ramaphosa said MTN has made a donation to procure 7 million vaccines which will be made available to other African countries within the next few weeks.
Through the African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team of the African Union, a total of billion vaccines have been secured for the entire continent, he also said.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has since its outbreak impacted negatively on the health sector around the world. It continues to spread in Lesotho and around the globe, leaving health workers overwhelmed with work due to large numbers of patients and hospitals full at times.
Lesotho recorded its first case of COVID-19 on May 13.

To date a total of 51 513 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Lesotho, with 9 380 cumulative positive cases, 2 706 recoveries and 183 related deaths.

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