Mozambique to acquire first batch of COVID-19 vaccines between February, March

The health authorities of Mozambique expect to acquire at least 70,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine for frontline health professionals between February and March, the country’s Health Minister Armindo Tiago said Monday.

Speaking at a meeting in Maputo with several national health entities including the associations of doctors and nurses, the minister revealed that the amount of acquisition depends on the financial capacity, but the first batch will arrive as early as February to cover the top risk group of people.

Tiago said the government currently has two kinds of mechanisms to acquire the vaccines including Covax, according to which the vaccines will arrive in the country between May and June.

“But we believe and think that the government should double the efforts in order to guarantee vaccines earlier than that, which means, for the months between February and March we need to guarantee the protection of the risk groups and those that have the priority to receive the vaccine,” said the minister.

“Therefore, the first batch should be composed of at least 70,000 doses,” said the minister who did not give details regarding the origin of the vaccine but warned that vaccination should not be considered as the unique solution to COVID-19.

The number of health professionals that have tested positive for COVID-19 in Mozambique rose to 1,215 since the virus was first detected in March 2020.