Malawi has used about 30 percent of the 512, 000 COVID – 19 doses it has so far received, Programme Manager for Immunization in the Ministry of Health Dr. Mike Chisema has disclosed.

Dr. Chisema was speaking on Tuesday during a daily COVID – 19 update in Lilongwe.

He said the Ministry will continue to take progressive steps to ensure that those eligible willfully get the jab.

Meanwhile, Minister of Health Khumbidze Chiponda has encouraged expectant mothers to go for the jab saying its benefits outweigh its risks.

She added Malawi is expected to receive at least 1.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine by end of May this year.

The Minister has since disclosed that in the past 24 hours, Malawi has registered a 4 percent COVID – 19 positivity rate.

The country needs to register a positivity rate of below 5 percent for some time before authorities can begin to consider easing the country’s COVID-19 containment measures.

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