PRIME Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro says the Ministry of Health will start the next round of the vaccination campaign that is targeting some of the most vulnerable groups of the society, including the elderly people at risk of contracting the COVID-19 pandemic.
July 25, 2021
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Lesotho receives over 300 000 doses of COVID vaccines
Prime Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro
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He made these remarks on Friday in Maseru as he received a total of 302 400 doses of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine from the United States government.
The donation forms part of the Biden-Harris administration’s global efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr Majoro expressed gratitude to the US government, saying the donation came at the right time when there is an urgent need to vaccinate people in order to fight the deadly virus.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected economies across the world and investors are unwilling to go into lockdowns, thus it is important to get people vaccinated,” he said.
He said Harvard has promised to donate 108 000 doses of the vaccine to the country soon, adding that the private sector has also pledged to buy 60 000 more doses.
He lauded the COVAX facility for a promising process of distributing vaccines to developing countries.
For her part, the US ambassador to Lesotho, Rebecca Gonzales said the donation embodies the continuation of the US leadership in public and the International COVID-19 response which is critical to ending the pandemic.
She said the US has contributed about M86 million towards helping Lesotho since the outbreak of the pandemic last year.
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Ms Gonzales urged the country to ensure swift and equitable distribution of the vaccines across the 10 districts of Lesotho, while prioritising individuals whose underlying health conditions make them vulnerable.
She highlighted the US’ commitment to working side by side with Lesotho to support local COVID-19 response efforts.
Speaking at the same event, the United Nations (UN) representative to Lesotho, Betty Wabunoha said the agency is pleased to be working together with Lesotho to ensure access and delivery of COVID-19 vaccines across the country.
She said the donation will enable the health ministry to reach a substantial number of people in the country, reminding members of the public that they should always observe COVID-19 safety protocols even after being vaccinated. LeNA