UNICEF Malawi COVID-19 Situation Report 20 October

COVID-19 in Malawi

Rev William Tembo, General Secretary for CCAP Livingstonia Synod, getting vaccinated at Mzuzu Central Hospital, 11 March 2021
UNICEF Malawi/2020/Madalitso Mvula


  • On 19th October 2021, Malawi started conducting in-country COVID-19 genomic sequencing, a great milestone to surveillance of variants in country.
  • Malawi is experiencing a reduction in the number of cases and deaths with the positivity rate at 1.3 per cent, the lowest since the beginning of the third wave.
  • All the AstraZeca Vaccine doses that were due to expire on 30 September 2021 were fully utilized before the expiry date.
  • As of 18 October 2021, 518,717 people had been fully vaccinated.
  • During the reporting period, Malawi received 326,400 doses of Astra-Zeneca vaccines through the COVAX facility. They were donated by Germany (225,600) and France (100,800). Malawi also received 372,100 0.3ml Syringes, and 4,350 safety boxes through the COVAX.
  • UNICEF procured and facilitated the distribution of 17 cylinders of medical oxygen, 1.84kgs valued at US$3,098.25 to eight emergency treatment units Assorted PPEs valued at US$60,448.89 have also been distributed to various health facilities in support of COVID-19 activities within this reporting period.
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