Celebs and Twitter users have come out with guns blazing to criticize the government for its slow rollout of vaccines in the country. This follows a huge spike in the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in recent weeks. The cases surge is driven by the third wave and the new Delta variant.
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The #VaccinateBotswana has gained momentum on Twitter, and public figures such as Marang Moloiswa Selolwane and Kagiso Sento have been supporting it. In a tweet, Marang said "We are dying, Vaccinate us, please! Young people are dropping like flies. We are dying."Thousands of people around the world die every day from this deadly virus, and hearing such tragic stories breaks everyone's heart. In Botswana, there has also been a delay in delivering the AstraZeneca vaccine to the country since the second dose has run out.
According to the Ministry, they have considered using other vaccines to carry on with the process of vaccinating the masses.
“The ministry was expecting the AstraZeneca vaccine consignment procured through the COVAX facility by the last week of June 2021. The ministry has been informed that the expected delivery is now likely to take place in August,” said departmental spokesperson, Christopher Nyanga.
Twitter users slammed the government and one even said he is "convinced the elections are going to find us dead and buried"
@tinymorupisi tweeted, "Good morning. Please note that the government of Botswana is killing its people by not vaccinating us #VaccinateBotswana #VaccinateBotswana,"
@orebotse_18, tweeted "We have lost a lot of people over the year and there seems to be no plan to fight the virus. At this point, I am convinced the elections are going to find us dead and buried. We have tolerated the delays long enough. #VaccinateBotswanaA lot of our favorite celebs have also battled COVID-19 in the past couple of months and days.
After testing positive recently, Charity Baaitse isolated herself and didn't celebrate her birthday well. In a tweet, she revealed that she was battling COVID-19 hence she had to quarantine and take lots and lots of medication.
Connie Ferguson's daughter Lesedi recounted her recovery journey after recently being infected with the virus.
"6 days ago I tested positive for COVID-19. I’ve had/have all of the symptoms and every day is different. Some days I’m strong, and other days I’m not. Today (12 July) is one of my stronger days and nothing says trauma response more than trying to make a serious situation a little bit laughable. The VID ain’t funny…. But my “tastecapades” are."
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