The first consignment of the Covid Vaccine, Astra Zeneca has arrived in the country.
The plane carrying the vaccine arrived at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport at 14:30.
The first batch contains 2 hundred and 28 thousand doses which will be administered to frontline health workers, among others.
And Health Minister Jonas Chanda has reiterated that the vaccination will be done in a transparent and accountable manner.
Speaking when he received the vaccine batch, Dr. Chanda said the vaccination will be implemented in a cautious and phased up manner and on a voluntary and pilot basis.
He said it is Government’s hope that all eligible citizens above 18 years will be vaccinated voluntarily and curb the spread, while reducing severity of the disease.
Meanwhile, UN Resident Coordinator Coumba Mar Gadio congratulated Government and its cooperating partners for the successful delivery of the first consignment.
Dr. Mar Gadio said the UN remains a solid partner of Government in fighting the pandemic.
And World Health Organisation Country Representative Nathan Bakyaita appealed to Zambians to take the vaccine because it has been proven to be effective.
Meanwhile, US Charge D’ Affaires David Young said the procurement of the vaccine is evidence of Government’s commitment to ensuring that Zambians remain healthy.
Mr. Young said it is high time that Zambia begins to recover from the pandemic because households have felt the impact.
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