Thursday, December 2, 2021

Botswana covid vaccine rollout speed drops to 2nd place as region slows down

Although Botswana still has the highest Covid 19 per capita vaccination in the Southern African region, the country’s vaccine roll-out slowed down this week resulting in a drop to second place after South Africa on the swiftness of the roll out.

Botswana’s vaccine rollout last week averaged about 2,995 doses administered each day. This was a drop from the previous week’s roll out of 5,229 doses administered each day. At the latest roll out rate, it will take Botswana a further 154 days to administer enough doses for another 10% of the population.

This is a slow down from two weeks ago, when the rollout speed indicated that it would take a further 89 days for Botswana to administer enough doses for another 10% of the population.

South Africa on the other hand was the only country in the region that speeded up its vaccine rollout programme. South Africa last week administered an average of 97,909 doses each day. At this rate it will take a further 120 days to administer enough doses for another 10% of the population.

This is an improvement from the previous week’s rollout speed during which the country averaged about 81,059 doses administered each day. At that rate, it would take a further 145 days to administer enough doses for another 10% of the population.

Zimbabwe which comes up third in the region also registered a slow down in its vaccine roll out. Last week Zimbabwe averaged about 13,858 doses administered each day. At the current rate, it will take a further 212 days for the country to administer enough doses for another 10% of the population. This is a slowdown from the previous week’s roll out speed when the country averaged about 18,428 doses administered each day. At the previous rate, it would take a further 159 days to administer enough doses for another 10% of the population.

Namibia which is has the same population as Botswana is still at fourth place and has also registered a slow down in rolling out its vaccine programme. Namibia last week averaged about 1,379 doses administered each day compared to 2,405 doses administered each day the previous week. At the current rate, it will take 362 days to administer enough doses for another 10% of the population. This compares badly with the previous week’s roll out speed when it was projected that it would take a further 208 days to administer enough doses for another 10% of the population.

Botswana, is however still leading the region’s vaccination programme. The country has so far administered at least 267,763 doses. Assuming every person need 2 doses, that’s enough to have vaccinated 5.8% of the country’s population. The actual figure is higher because the country is also administering single dose vaccines.

Zimbabwe which is in second place third has so far administered 1,398,757 doses of the vaccine. Assuming every person needs two doses, that’s enough to have vaccinated 4.8% of the country’s population.

South Africa comes third. Botswana’s southern neighbor has administered at least 4,017,442 doses of Covid vaccines so far. Assuming every person needs 2 doses, that’s enough to have vaccinated about 3.4% of the country’s population. South Africa’s actual per capita vaccination on the other hand is actually lower because the bulk of the vaccination has been on two doses vaccines.

Namibia is fourth having administered 154,759 doses of the vaccine. Assuming every person needs 2 doses, that is enough to have vaccinated about 3.1% of the country’s population.

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