While many African countries are still struggling with their COVID-19 vaccine rollout plans, South Africans are allegedly heading to Zimbabwe for theirs. It is alleged that Zimbabwe has recently seen an increase in foreign nationals, with many streaming into their country to get vaccinated against the deadly Coronavirus, for a fee.

According to Times Live, Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa indicated about a month ago that foreigners could get the injection in his country if they are willing to pay the price. Zimbabwe has allegedly approved the use of four Covid-19 vaccines; China’s Sinopharm, Sinovac vaccines, Russia’s Sputnik V and Covaxin from India. Sinopharm and Sinovac’s vaccines are the bulk of the vaccines distributed in Zimbabwe.

It is alleged that 478 174 Zimbabweans have received their injections already. Meanwhile, South African has only vaccinated less than 0.6% of its population to date. As reported by Global Citizen, the first COVID-19 vaccines roll out took place in February this year, with President Cyril Ramaphosa and Health Minister Zweli Mkhize being the first to get it along with the rest of the country’s frontline workers. As of May 2021, just over 350,000 South Africans have received the vaccine, with many elderly members still waiting for their jabs.

The South African Health Department also confirmed on Saturday, May 8 that two variants have been detected in the country.


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