The President of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi, has announced to the nation that his administration government has acquired 11 million more doses of Covid-19 vaccines to fight against the virus.

The President disclosed this in an address to the country, hoping the vaccines would be received by the end of August. He noted that acquiring the vaccines would enable the government to step up the ongoing vaccination campaign, so that, by the end of the year, the majority of eligible Mozambicans will have been vaccinated.

“This mass vaccination will allow our country to make a safe and gradual transition to a situation close to normality,” he said.

The President emphasized that the success of this transition will depend on the collaboration and solidarity of all Mozambicans. To this, he admonished individuals who have received 2 doses of the vaccine to continue observing basic preventive measures, including the obligatory use of masks in public places, regular washing or disinfection of hands, and social distancing.

Mozambique has so far received 1.402 million doses of vaccine – 384,000 doses from the Covax initiative coordinated by the World Health Organisation (WHO); 500,000 purchased by Mozambican private companies; 260,000 donated by the Chinese government and the Chinese armed forces; and, 100,000 donated by the Indian government. The government’s target is to vaccinate 17 million people by the end of the year.