BY MAVIS N PODOKOLO
SCIENTIFIC evidence shows that the covid-19 vaccine, AstraZeneca, is effective in preventing illness, hospitalisation and deaths triggered by the virus.
This was according to Minister for Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) Dr Culwick Togamana.
“There are now scientific evidences that the covid-19 vaccines, AstraZeneca is also effective in preventing illness, hospitalisation and deaths by covid-19 as well as transmission of the covid-19 infection,” said Togamana.
He last week demonstrated his confidence in the vaccine by taking his jab on Wednesday.
“I am doing this not only to protect myself and my family but also you and your family. I hope when your turn comes you will also do the same,” said Togamana.
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare adds by confirming that the government of the Peoples Republic of China will provide 20,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine in the first or second week of April 2021 – just a few short weeks away.
“It is possible that Solomon Islands could be the first country in the Pacific that will receive the Sinopharm vaccine. We will wait for the WHO Emergency Use Authorisation [EUA] before we roll-out the Sinopharma vaccine,” he said.