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Zimbabwe Well Prepared For New Coronavirus Variant - VP Chiwenga

Zimbabwe Well Prepared For New Coronavirus Variant - VP Chiwenga

Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care Constantino Chiwenga says the nation should not panic following the emergence of a new coronavirus variant in neighbouring countries as the Government is prepared.

South African health authorities on Thursday announced they had detected a new variant, B.1.1.529, which has been described as, “the worst one we’ve seen so far” since the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) was discovered in Wuhan, China in December 2019.

The variant has infected dozens of people in South Africa and Botswana, Zimbabwe’s neighbours.

Addressing a Health Professions Authority congress on Friday morning, Chiwenga said:

With regards to the recent new COVID-19 variants being reported in the media, the country should not panic because we are very prepared.

The ramping up of our vaccination programme in the past month has seen a marked increase in vaccination uptake.

We remain focused on this very critical initiative that is designed to protect the nation from the negative impact of any new variants.

Meanwhile, our scientists are already doing genomic sequencing for the identification of any new variants hence helping support the timely strengthening of our response.

B.1.1.529 has spread anxiety across the globe with some countries, among them the UK, Israel and Singapore quickly banning travellers from southern Africa.

While a lot of questions about the variant remain unanswered, the variant carries 32 mutations, many of which suggest it is highly transmissible and vaccine-resistant.

More: The Herald


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16 Comments

🙄Caonfucius_Confuse-us🙄 5 months ago

I then wonder why Africans continue to frogmarch the citizens to vaccinations when we are clearly being told that the new variants can overun the current vaccine.
Was there something true in the "conspiracy theories" we ignored and went on to get jabbed???
This development is really warrisome.


Sponono 5 months ago

@Cde Tongo, you're spot on. Tinongoisa zvose kuMusuki ndivo vanokwanisa kutirwira.


Professor 5 months ago

Heee👐👐👐👐what makes you think they are capable of wiping you out. Stop undermining yourselves, you are important and special as much as every race on earth.No one is capable of wiping you out i promise you. Take a chill pill.

Chimbwido 5 months ago

@Cde Tongo vachiri kungotya varungu nazvino. Covid iri kutonyanya kumwe kudarika muAfrica, so stop this "Tiri simbi dzehondo" rhetoric.

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Chifinhuboss 5 months ago

Lockdown ndo prepared yacho ikutaurwa kkkkk


Edina Matyora 5 months ago

Kkkkk that's exactly what I wanted to say kkkkk kuseka nhamo serugare

Dr Yhirai Hakim Gutierrez 5 months ago

I wonder what's causing this virus to mutate🙄


Dr Yhirai Hakim Gutierrez 5 months ago

I know right

DOC KK 5 months ago

that is a full blown biology concept on its own to learn

KingFire 5 months ago

Haaa lockdown manje manje


Edina Matyora 5 months ago

Let's hope there will be no full lockdown because pama days e first full lockdown, people died of hunger, young girls, married women sold their bodies in order to feed their children

Chikiti musarurwa 5 months ago

Signs of time... All have been said in the bible


Nelly 5 months ago

One varient after another. Until when. We a sic/tired .


Ncela maphiko 5 months ago

Strue

Cde Tongo 5 months ago

I think they are trying to make something which can kill Africans..hatifee manje tiri simbi dzehondo


Professor 5 months ago

Hhhmmm Stop thinking Cde Tongo coz eyyy, i suck at it too🙄😁 so i understand.


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