Botswana’s health minister announced yesterday that 25 cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus have been identified in the African country so far.
Edwin Dikolotti told reporters in the capital Gaborone that although the variant is known to have multiple mutations and is more contagious, “we do not know if it is more lethal or not and how effective the vaccines are against it.”
At the front of the immunization campaign, according to the minister, by Monday at least one dose of their COVID-19 vaccine had been received by 1,094,388 citizens and permanent residents over the age of 18, ie 78.7% of the target population , while 982,275 people, or 70.6% of the target population, had been fully vaccinated.
The sparsely populated country of Africa, 70% of which is covered by the Kalahari Desert, has a population of around 2.35 million.
“Botswana has surpassed its target of vaccinating 64% of the target population by the end of 2021, and the World Health Organization has set a target of 40% of the population being vaccinated by all countries. who can be immunized by the end of the month “, underlined Mr. Dikolotti.
To date, Botswana has recorded 2,420 deaths from COVID-19 out of a total of 195,552 reported infections from SARS-CoV-2.