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Government spends K1.5 billion for vaccine roll out

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Ministry of Health has spent K1.5 billion of the K17 billion Covid funds for the roll out of the pandemic’s vaccine.

Minister of Health Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda who is the Co-Chairperson of the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 confirmed the expenditure.

In February, government released K5 billion to the Ministry of Education for Covid-19 preventive interventions.

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“We have used K 1.5 billion from the K17 billion that Treasury released in January for Covid-19 vaccine response. So far, the vaccine programme has been extended to all districts in the country,” she said.

This means that so far K6.5 billion from the K17 billion funding has been used for Covid-19 interventions.

Meanwhile, government is yet to provide audited reports for the first K6.2 billion that was released last year for the same Covid-19 course, but was marked by reports of alleged abuse.

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Audit of the K6.2 billion expenditure is under way in district councils according to the National Audit Office.

Meanwhile, the German government has provided Malawi with additional funding of about K20 billion (22 million EUR) in 2021 for Covid-19 interventions.

“Germany stands with the people of Malawi in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and its aftermaths,” a statement by German Ambassador Juergen Borsch reads.

“The Covid-19 pandemic is an unprecedented global challenge that will only be succeeded by unprecedented solidarity. Malawi has been hit hard by the consequences of the pandemic and is facing tremendous economic, social and fiscal challenges right now. While Germany has struggled with the pandemic domestically, we stand committed to our partner Malawi,” reads the statement.

Meanwhile, the United States (US) government through the US Agency for International Development (Usaid) also announced in the week a K2.9 billion ($3.5,Million) injection towards Malawi’s fight against Covid-19 vaccines in 16 districts.

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