Zimbabwe continues to lead the Southern African countries in procuring and distributing the Covid-19 vaccine.
The country started rolling out the Sinopharm Covid-19 on February 22, and reported that by Friday afternoon, 571 460 people had received their first dose while 203 781 had received both doses of the vaccine.
Statistics from the online research platform Our World in Data shows that neighbouring countries need to play catch-up to Zimbabwe.
The data shows that Zimbabwe has vaccinated 3.5% of its 14.5 million citizens.
In comparison, Botswana has a vaccination rate of 2.27% of its population, Namibia 1.35%, South Africa 0.77% and Zambia at 0.49%.
In March, Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa received his Covid-19 vaccine and with the increasing chance that people would travel to his country to get the vaccine, he confirmed recently that: “Zimbabweans will get the vaccine for free, but for foreigners…