Botswana received 101,760 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday.
This is the first batch of 401,280 expected doses of AstraZeneca vaccine donated by the Federal Republic of Germany.
Speaking after receiving the vaccines, Health and Welfare Minister Dr Edwin Dikoloti said every vaccine donated or purchased brings Botswana closer to the goal of vaccinating at least over 80% of its eligible population by March 2022.
Minister Dikoloti revealed that to date, 335,695 people, or more than 22% of the adult population, have been fully vaccinated.
“I call on all Batswana to heed His Excellency the President’s call for patience and restraint so that we can all overcome this virus. We must not tire of always strictly following all COVID-19 protocols, together we will truly defeat this pandemic. The minister added.
“Germany strongly believes that COVID-19 vaccines are a global public good because no one is safe until everyone is safe. Many thanks to UNICEF to ensure the rapid delivery of these vaccines. German Ambassador to Botswana Margit Hellwig-Boette said.
Botswana has so far recorded more than 172,000 positive coronavirus cases and 2,343 deaths.