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Industry counts on jabs’ uptake

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The Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI) and the Malawi Tourism Council have described the resumption of vaccination in the country as a right path to returning business to normalcy.

Malawi received 192,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine last week and started administering them on Monday this week.

The vaccine came after industry players called on the government to make sure that the vaccine is available and increase awareness to improve uptake.

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MCCCI President James Chimwaza said it would be good if people could get the vaccine because it would improve people’s productivity and help businesses to rebound.

“We also appeal to stakeholders to make the stocks readily available so that people take it before it is too late and before businesses collapse because of lack of productivity and slowed transactions,” he said.

In a separate interview, Malawi Tourism Council Vice Board Chairperson Innocent Kaliati said tourism sector players should encourage employees to get vaccinated.

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He said despite being given a safe travel stamp, uptake of the vaccine by Malawians would determine the country’s chances of gaining global confidence.

“Most of our source markets will be marking countries in terms of safety and it will be devastating to our economy if we can be red-listed for low vaccine uptake,” he said.

The Covid pandemic has hit sectors hard especially those of hospitality, tourism, transportation and entertainment.

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