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Zimbabwe: What’s up with the alleged Vaccine Tourism?

President Mnangagwa strips down to verse as he gets vaccinatedPresident Mnangagwa strips down to verse as he gets vaccinated

 

By Loice Takarindwa

Recently, the Times Live from South Africa had an unusual headline, titled “Vaccine tourism: South Africans cross boarder to Zimbabwe for COVID-19 jab”. This caught many citizens by surprise to the extend of developing a huge interest into the media story.

The country authorized the use of four COVID-19 vaccines namely China’s Sinopharm, Sinovac Vaccine, Russia’s Sputnik V and Covaxin from India.

The recent times have seen, some South Africans making strides to cross the boarder for the need of getting vaccinated all in the needed to find a COVID-19 proofing.

This has however stirred debate in the corridors of social media with many people expressing mixed reactions on what has been termed Vaccination Tourism for Zimbabwe.

@sharonmufaro posted: “Today I came across some tourists who came to Zimbabwe specifically to get vaccinated and they are happy to pay for the jab. To say I was amazed is an understatement.”

@Thatorale commented: “Limpopo and Zim are not that far apart. This sounds like a plan.”

@XNdimba tweeted: “Credit where it’s due. You guys clearly got this right. It’s highly politicised in SA — it’s an opposition party playground. They push conspiracies, calling them ‘ideology’.”

Meanwhile , Zimbabwe’s Secretary for Information Ministry Nick Mangwana

President Mnangagwa strips down to verse as he gets vaccinated
President Mnangagwa strips down to verse as he gets vaccinated

has since alleged that Zimbabwe is having a number of foreigners coming to Zimbabwe insearch of the life serving vaccine.
@nickmangwana“Zimbabwe is seeing a boost in vaccine tourism as foreign nationals have started arriving in the country to get vaccinated against Covid-19, for a fee.
With several African countries still facing challenges with slow Covid-19 vaccine rollouts..”

 

 

Tendai Guvamombe