President Chakwera leads from front
Daniel Chiudza Banda
President Dr Lazarus Chakwera has today presided over the rollout of Covid-19 vaccination exercise at Zomba state Lodge Covid-19 isolation centre in Malawi’s colonial capital city, Zomba.
The president publicly took a shot of the vaccine to signify the importance of the vaccine to the general public .
President Chakwera thanked the health workers for a good job well done in fighting against the pandemic.
“With tonnes of positivity, Malawi may soon be heading back to normal. We, therefore, need our peoplle to recieve the vaccine in order to control and stop further spread of the scourge,” Chakwera said.
Chakwera said Malawians need not to be afraid as the vaccine is very safe emphasising that if it was bad, he and many other leaders across the world wouldn’t have received the vaccine.
Health Minister Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda thanked the president for opening up the State Lodge in Zomba to be turned into an Isolation Center for Covid 19 patients.
The minister commended the Malawian leader for leading by example in being the first to receive the vaccine.
Several other African countries have also rolled out the vaccine.
Among other prominent people that have also been vaccinated today are Vice President Dr Saulos Chilima, former president, Dr Joyce Banda, Resident Coordinator for the United Nations in Malawi, Maria Jose Torres, section head of the Anglican Church in Malawi, Bishop Brighton Vitta Malasa, General Vincent Nundwe Army Commander of the Malawi Defence Force and Inspector General of the Malawi Police Service, Dr George Kainja Inspector General for Malawi Police Service among many others.
The first rollout of the vaccine against Covid-19 will mainly priotize frontline healthcare workers, security personel and the elderly and all those who categorised as ‘high risk.’