BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)-Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera’s Tonse administration is under fire for giving nod to Covid-19 vaccines supply to country without consulting key stakeholders in the health sector.
The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has accused Chakwera leadership of secretly decided to indemnify the manufactures of the COVID-19 vaccine to Malawi.
In a press statement made available to The Maravi Post on Friday, January 15, 2021 signed by DPP Spokesperson Brown Mpinganjira questioned the legality of endorsing Covid-19 vaccines supply when its efficacy is being challenged globally.
The party questions as to why the manufacturers of the vaccine are demanding from obsequious governments such as the Malawi Government, assurances that they will not be liable if harm is caused to Malawians.
“A Government that is accountable to its citizens cannot forego the rights of its citizens without fully informing its citizens of the implications of the indemnity, and without seeking informed acceptance by the citizens.
“We are aware that for many generations, vaccines have proven to be an efficient way of addressing diseases. But we are also aware that some vaccines have caused irreparable harm to humans,” worried Mpinganjira.
He adds, “Therefore, while a vaccine for Covid-19 may provide solutions, Malawi must be guided by scientific evidence of its safety. And if the first step the manufacturers are demanding is an indemnity, we must question their confidence in their vaccine.
“We therefore demand that the Government must come clean on this matter. What do our scientists know about the vaccine? What assurances have we received that the vaccine is safe? What is the indemnity protecting the manufacturers from?
Mpinganjira demands, “If Government does not provide a satisfactory explanation to Malawians within the next 7 days we, the Democratic Progressive Party, will seek the intervention of the courts to protect the lives and health of our citizens”.
On January 12, 2021 Chakwera’s Tonse administration nodded to Covid-19 vaccines amid doubts, anxious, protests of its efficacy.
Developed nations including Brazil this week disclosed that China’s Covid-19 vaccines has 50% efficacy which put peoples doubts of its usage.