Senior officials of eSwatini, formerly known as Swaziland, say the African country aims to vaccinate all its 1.3 million people against COVID-19, as reported in This is Money.
The country is participating in the COVAX global vaccine distribution scheme co-led by the World Health Organization and hopes to receive enough vaccines for 20% of its population via the facility free of charge.
It wants to buy vaccines for the remaining 80% via COVAX, but recognises it may have to source doses elsewhere.
Simon Zwane, principal secretary in the health ministry, said eSwatini is interested in accessing the vaccine developed by AstraZeneca since the country for now can only comfortably store doses at between 2 degrees and 8 degrees Celsius.
Officials are working to improve cold-chain capabilities to handle vaccines that need to be stored at -20 degrees Celsius, he added.
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