Covid-19: Zambia sets out vaccination plans

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Zambia has laid out vaccination plans.
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Zambia announced plans on Thursday to vaccinate all people over 18, or 46% of the 18.3 million population, against Covid-19 as it prepares for a third wave of the pandemic.

The southern African country has registered more than 87 000 cases of Covid-19 and the death toll from the disease is more than 1 000.

Health Minister Jonas Chanda said health workers, the police, security officers, teachers and the clergy would be among those given priority in the vaccination campaign.

Cross-border traders, bus and truck drivers, and people over 65 - including those with chronic illnesses and their care givers - would also be prioritised, he said.

Over 3.6 million people will be vaccinated without charge under the Covax vaccine-sharing scheme backed by the World Health Organization and GAVI vaccine alliance for poor and middle-income countries, and will receive the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson shots.

"It will be done on a voluntary basis," Chanda said.

The remainder - more than 4.7 million people - will be covered by the government with support from other governments and donors using a basket of vaccines, Chanda said.


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