Former president Ian Khama said he will wait to see if there will be a choice of vaccines so that he can compare their effectiveness, expressing skepticism toward vaccination program.
Botswana began its inoculation program today using a vaccine produced by AstraZeneca called COVISHIELD which was donated by the Indian government.
Khama also said President Mokgweetsi Masisi and his vice president must lead by example and publicly take coronavirus vaccine. The country started vaccinating its senior citizens today. It is not clear why frontline workers and senior politicians in government have not been the first to be vaccinated as it has been the case with other countries.
In a statement to INK24, Khama said he is waiting to see if there will be a choice of vaccines so that he can compare their effectiveness.
“I cannot encourage Batswana whether or not to take AstraZeneca vaccine as I have no science or medical qualifications to do so,” he said through a spokesperson. He said he will wait for a vaccine that went through a trials “according to best international processes and standards and approved by highly regarded testing agencies.”
President Mogae publicly took a coronavirus vaccine, according to reports by Mmegi Online.
“Like I try to do, I can only encourage Batswana to follow reports on the various vaccines that may be used here from the relevant scientists and medical practitioners and competent and credible testing agencies and decide for themselves.”
Masisi was previously quoted in the media as saying he will forgo his slot to a more deserving senior citizen.