Despite being classified as an upper-middle income State by the World Bank President Hage Geingob has said Namibia is still a poor country and it ought to be recognised as such. The Namibia press agency reports that responding to questions by journalists during the 25th COVID-19 public briefing the President explained that apart from other negative impacts that the classification has had on the country including the inability to access much-needed soft loans and other assistance, it has also had an impact on accessing COVID-19 vaccines.