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ZAMBIA ROLLS OUT FIRST COVID-19 VACCINATION EXERCISE

ZAMBIA has officially rolled out the COVID-19 vaccination campaign at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH).

The Minister of Health Jonas Chanda received the first jab of the 228,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses received on Monday.

United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator, Coumba Mar Gadio, congratulated the Zambian government for officially launching the first Covid-19 vaccination campaign under the COVAX facility.

Ms. Gadio said everyone should take a bold step and consider taking the vaccination and help in the fight against the spread of the pandemic which has devastated many countries across the world.

‘’This is the time for every citizen to join the campaign and fight against the spread of the pandemic which has affected many lives globally,’’ she said.

And European Union (EU) Representative, Jacek Jankowski, pledged US$2.96 billion for the COVAX facility aimed at the fight against the further spread of the Covid-19.

Ambassador Jankowski said government should prioritise the vulnerable group and the less privileged in receiving the vaccination as they are highly affected economically and socially.

Meanwhile, the Zambian Health Minister expressed delight with the successful administration of the first consignment of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine under the COVAX facility.

He hoped that the vaccine will help to curb the spread of the coronavirus and mitigate the negative social and economic impact it has caused in Zambia and the world over.

Dr. Chanda added that every eligible Zambian should make a bold decision to be vaccinated saying every citizen should be involved in the fight against the pandemic.

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