LIVE (ended) … 24th Covid-19 Public Briefing

President Hage Geingob today said the pandemic has disturbed our social and behavioural norms. He asked Namibians to show solidarity and compassion towards one another.

He also said a majority of Namibians has shown solidarity this time despite those who circumvented regulations.

Geingob pointed out that there are public suspicions around the Covid-19 vaccines.

“Rest assured that the government will not put any citizens’ lives in danger,” he said.

The president promised not to lockdown Namibians again like last year during the first climax of pandemic.

The president extended the status quo to 24 February 2021.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula

Health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said the Namibia Medicines Regulatory Council is drawing up a framework for the approval of the vaccine.

The council has issued a document that explains the framework it is using to approve the vaccine on emergency. The council will also take into consideration the pre-approval of the vaccine by the World Health Organisation.

He further said the Ivermectin medicine is not new in the country and is only licensed for use for veterinary treatments.

In Namibia, it is not registered for human use.

Shangula said WHO supports Namibia’s stance that there is not enough evidence to support that Ivermectin is effective against Covid-19.

As of 28 January, the emergency budget of N$727 million that was allocated to the health ministry for the fight against Covid-19 has been exhausted.

“As of January 28, the expenditure of the emergency budget stood at 99,7%,” health executive director Ben Nangombe said.

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