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First consignment of Covid-19 vaccine expected today

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The first batch of the COVID-19 vaccine is expected to arrive in Zambia today, the Ministry of Health said on Friday.

The first consignment under the COVAX Facility consists of 228,000 doses of AstraZeneca manufactured in India.

“This is only one of the COVID-19 vaccines in the basket as approved by Cabinet and this will be done in a cautious and phased-up manner and on a pilot and voluntary basis,” Health Minister Jonas Chanda said in a ministerial statement delivered in parliament.

He said more consignments were expected to follow in due course, adding that administration will be in accordance with the prioritization criteria to all eligible people above the age of 18 years.

The government was committed to protecting the health of people, said the official, noting that it was unfortunate that some people were forced to go out of the country to access the vaccine because it was not available locally.

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