The government has urged Zimbabweans to get vaccinated saying the country is now in the 4th wave which seems to be more transmissable than the previous ones.
Addressing delegates at the Buy Zimbabwe, Buy Local Summit held in the capital yesterday, Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care Dr. Constantino Chiwenga urged local industries to keep on producing the required Personal Protective Equipment and researching how local herbs can contribute in the fight against the new Covid 19 variant.
“Covid 19 is still with us, with the new omicron variant having been detected in Southern Africa, we challenge local industries to keep on producing the required Personal Protective Equipment.
“Our scientists as we speak have not yet come up to tell us how dangerous this fourth wave is. As the Minister of Health and Child Care, l urge you to get vaccinated and uphold the World Health Organisation safety protocols because the fourth wave is here with us.
“We don’t really know how vicious this fourth wave is, don’t experiment because six feet has no return, you better get vaccinated today before it’s too late,” he said.
“We have gone through the first wave where we had our first casualty on the 20th of March 2020, from there we had our second which ended in October, and end of November we had a terrible one which saw us losing most of the people we knew,” he added.
As at 08 December 2021, Zimbabwe had 150 628 confirmed cases, including 129 095 recoveries and 4 720 deaths. To date, a total of 3 907 860 people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 with the first dose while 2 926 141 have received the second dose.
Meanwhile, the Buy Local Summit follows the Buy Zimbabwe Week that ran from the 22 to the 26 of November 2021 with Buy Zimbabwe amplifying the message of buying local products and services in retail and wholesale outlets nationwide.