Vodacom donates M15 million for Covid vaccine

Vodacom donates M15 million for Covid vaccine

MASERU-VODACOM Group and Vodafone Foundation have pledged to donate M14.9 million to secure Covid-19 vaccines, Vodacom Lesotho said in a statement last night.

The pledge is in support of the Lesotho government’s call for companies operating in the Kingdom to assist with its vaccination programme.
The funds will be used to purchase the vaccine with the assistance of UNICEF, the statement reads.

The contribution to Lesotho is in addition to the pledge by Vodafone Foundation and Vodacom Group to donate M74 million to ensure that Covid-19 vaccines are securely delivered across the African continent.
Separately, Vodafone Foundation and Vodacom Foundation have already contributed M176 million in cash and in-kind contributions in response to the pandemic.

In Lesotho, the M14.9 million contribution will target Phase Three of the country’s vaccination plan, the statement reads.
“That includes much of the country’s public and private workforce, constituting circa 600 000 of the country’s 1.4 million eligible vaccine recipients,” it reads.

“The pandemic has exacerbated already existing societal challenges, particularly the gap in health equity,” Vodacom Group CEO, Shameel Joosub said.
“As Vodacom, we believe in inclusion for all and trust that a collaborative approach to rebuilding affected economies is essential,” he said.
“We are therefore delighted to be making this donation to Lesotho, assisting with the vaccination programme and in turn mitigating any disparities in vaccination access.”

Andrew Dunnett, Director of Vodafone Foundation, said: “We know how important it is for Africa – and ultimately the rest of the world – that the most significant health intervention in the continent’s history is completed successfully.”
We are therefore excited to be part of a solution to ensure the safe and efficient delivery of vaccines to the citizens of the Kingdom,” he said.

Leboela Lebete, Chairman of Vodacom Lesotho Board of Directors, said the company is “emboldened by this gesture to accelerate our campaign to build a veritable digital society in Lesotho inspired by our new purpose”.
“As the key drivers and participants of this exciting journey, the people of Lesotho deserve to be protected from the negative impacts of this disease so as to meaningfully join hands with corporates to rebuild our country’s economy,” Lebete said.

The vaccine remains Lesotho’s best hope for reducing the rate of Covid-19 infections and death through breaking the chain of infection.

Staff Reporter

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