by Charmaine Ngatjiheue
Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula says Namibia has settled the 15%, or roughly N$29 million, meant to show its commitment to accessing the novel coronavirus vaccine through the Covax facility.
The country in August expressed interest in officially joining the global move to develop a vaccine against Covid-19.
Following this, the country needed to pay 15% of the N$193 million needed for it to participate in the facility.
With the vaccine, the country targets 20% of the population, which are mainly healthcare workers and vulnerable Namibians.
“The 15% had to be paid upfront, and that we have done,” Shangula said.
The minister said the country may consider acquiring the vaccine through other sources, but until then, Namibia would get a better deal if it makes use of the Covax facility.
“But we do not exclude any other option if it is favourable to Namibia,” Shangula said.