Photo: Vodacom Lesotho MD, Mohale Ralebitso
Maseru, Lesotho, 7th August 2021 – The highly anticipated delivery of vaccines to which Vodacom contributed was today received by the Prime Minister of Lesotho, Dr. Moeketsi Majoro. The 108 000 Johnson & Johnson vaccines from the African Union African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) is the first batch of about 1.3 million vaccines to be delivered.
This consignment is the culmination of a March 29 pledge of $1million by Vodacom Group Chief Executive Officer, Shameel Joosub, to the Government of Lesotho. The donation formed part of Lesotho’s $10 million order made through the AVAT process and also receiving contributions from private sector organisations, development partners and the government. On its own, Vodacom has purchased approximately 133 000 doses.
Speaking at the brief reception occasion, Mohale Ralebitso, Vodacom Lesotho’s Managing Director said, “As Vodacom Lesotho, we are delighted to be part of this important gesture to strengthen the health resilience and protection against the COVID-19 pandemic for the people of Lesotho. We are conscious of the critical interventions that the private sector can make to the health condition of the Basotho. We wish to continue making our humble presence felt in the health and other sectors through our Vodacom Lesotho Foundation to ensure that we make a difference in the lives of the communities within which we operate.”
The vaccines are expected to accelerate the mountain kingdom’s roll out of its vaccination plan, which has so far benefitted from two 36 000 consignments of the AU-backed AstraZeneca vaccines and the generous assistance by the American people. It is expected that Lesotho will vaccinate its total eligible population of 1.4 according to its 3-phase vaccination plan.
The latest vaccines should graduate the country to subsequent phases and benefit population categories such as teachers, border personnel, armed forces, factory workers, and the general public.