Zimbabweans Desperate To Get Jabs, Amid Shortage

Zimbabweans in Harare queuing for kilometres outside one of the capital’s main hospitals in the hope of being vaccinated against COVID-19, but many complains there are no jabs to be had.

Zimbabwe is one of more than 14 African countries where the delta variant is quickly spreading.

Earlier this month the country returned to strict lockdown measures to combat a resurgence of COVID-19 amid vaccine shortages.

Infections dramatically increased in June despite a night curfew, reduced business hours, localised lockdowns in hotspot areas, and a ban on inter-city travel.

The virus has spread to rural areas which have sparse health facilities.

To date, 9% of Zimbabwe’s 15 million people have received at least one vaccine dose and 3.7% have received two doses.

Across Africa, less than 2% of the continent’s 1.3 billion people have received at least one vaccine jab, according to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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