Government suspends covid19 jab program, as new Indian variant is detected

Written by on May 18, 2021

Government has announced that it has suspended the covid19 vaccination program under the Astra Zeneca vaccines in order to reserve the remaining vaccines for the second dose.

And Government has announced that Zambia has detected its first case of the Indian coronavirus variant on a 42 year old male who is currently under appropriate quarantine.

Zambia received 228,000 Astra Zeneca doses of the vaccines from the COVAX facility and so far over 114 thousand people have been vaccinated against COVID19.

Addressing the media this morning, Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary, Technical Services Kennedy Malama says government has decided to suspend the vaccination exercise as it is likely to encounter challenges in the procurement of another consignment of vaccines.

Dr Malama says this is arising from India’s decision to prioritize the production of vaccines for its people because of the increased cases recorded.

And Dr Malama says 5,042 people were vaccinated in the last 24 hours bringing the cumulative total to 120,209 while 60 new covid-19 cases were recorded with 2 deaths in Lusaka and Ndola.

Meanwhile Dr Malama says Zambia has detected its first case of the Indian coronavirus variant on a 42 year old male.

Dr Malama says variant was identified at the point of entry which was detected after detailed analysis of the virus which was detected to be different from what the country has been dealing with.

He also says 6,000 people were screened at the points of entry in the last 24 hours which are on high alert out of which, 45 were denied entry into the country and 98 are admitted to mandatory self-quarantine.


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