Tuesday, 11 May 2021 01:33 GMT

COVID-19 vaccine drive kicked off in Zambia

( MENAFN ) on Wednesday, the vaccination drive against the COVID-19 pandemic was launched in Zambia.

Officials from the health ministry, cooperating partners and private sector representatives attended the national drive, which was launched at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH), the state's highest referral hospital in the capital Lusaka,.

The launch included the first pillar of the program under the COVAX Facility consisting of 228,000 doses of AstraZeneca manufactured in India.

The first pillar will cover 20 percent or 3.6 million of the eligible over 18 years people and will target front-line health workers and other people at most risk. A total of 8.3 million people are targeted to be vaccinated.

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