EAC boss asks private sector to lead Covid-19 vaccination 

EAC boss asks private sector to lead Covid-19 vaccination 

THE East African Community (EAC) Secretary General Peter Mathuki has challenged the regional private sector to take a leading role in sensitising the public on Covid-19 vaccines.

Dr Mathuki noted that there was still poor knowledge over the jabs, particularly in the region.

“The general knowledge of the coronavirus vaccine is very important to improve public acceptance and decrease vaccine hesitancy in confronting the disease,” observed the EAC Secretary General yesterday, while responding to questions from a section of the private sector community, at a CEO Breakfast Roundtable Engagement on EAC Regional Integration.

Dr Mathuki further warned that a low turnout for the jabs could scare away tourists and investors from the country.

He called on the private sector to complement government’s efforts of rolling out and administering of the vaccines on the citizenry.

“I’d like to see you mobilising the business community on the importance of the jabs if we really want to see our borders opening up and growth of intra-regional trade,” he observed.

Dr Mathuki’s appeal comes as the EAC registered a mere two per cent Covid-19 vaccination rate.

This is unlike in Europe and Asia, where vaccination rates stand at 70 and 60 per cent respectively.

On the other hand, the EAC boss urged the regional private sector to capitalise on the opportunities at their disposals.

This would help in realizing the desired 60 per cent intra-regional trade rate.

“It is worth to note that trade volumes at the Namanga border has grown six times, we therefore need a more stronger engagement among EAC partner states,” added Dr Mathuki.

Earlier, a Zonal Manager with KCB Bank Judith Lubuva assured the EAC Secretary General that the financial institution would cooperate with the regional intergovernmental organisation of six Partner States, in achieving the envisioned integration agenda.

“We hold high hopes of the desired integration, hence we commit ourselves to work closely with the EAC in realising the cause,” she explained.

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Author: EDWARD QORRO in Arusha

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