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Malawi gets 2.5m syringes for Covid-19 vaccine

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Malawi is expected to receive 2.5 million bundled syringes and over 25,000 safety boxes to safely dispose of syringes for Covid-19 vaccination by MidMarch, Unicef Malawi has revealed.

In a statement released on Friday, Unicef said currently, 360,000 bundled syringes and 3,625 safety boxes arrived through Kamuzu International Airport as part of the work by the COVAX facility to provide vaccines to all participating countries.

Unicef Executive Director Henrietta Fore said syringes are as vital as the vaccine itself.

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“It is critical to have adequate supplies of syringes already in place in every country before the vaccine arrives so that the vaccine can be administered safely. This would allow immunisation to start immediately,” she said.

Unicef is part of the global collaboration which leads on procurement and delivery as well as getting countries prepared to receive the vaccines.

According to the statement the remaining consignment has been dispatched by sea due to a large amount of space they take up as cargo.

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Minister of Health Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda said the country is expected to receive the much awaited AstraZeneca vaccine by March 5, 2021 through KIA.

Recently, Chiponda told Parliament that immunised persons will be given a card for a track record in case of any side effects.

“Remember, with this vaccine you have to get two doses; so we need to keep reports and collect data in case there are adverse side effects. If it’s going to be a requirement to travel outside, different countries have different requirements so it will depend on country by country. So far we have not heard of such a requirement since the vaccination has just started,” she said.

As of February 26, the country had 31,675 confirmed cases with 1,037 deaths recorded.

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