Zambia plans to vaccinate nearly half of its population against COVID-19

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Zambia is targeting to vaccinate nearly half of the country’s estimated population of 18 million against COVID-19, health minister Jonas Chanda said on Thursday.

Vaccines will be given to about 8.3 million people above the age of 18 across the country, he told a daily briefing on the pandemic.

The government is committed to bringing the vaccines into the country and enough progress has been made, the minister said.

“This is a huge undertaking which has never happened before in the history of Zambia, and we want to get it right,” Chanda said.

The deployment of COVID-19 vaccines will be done in a cautious, efficient way, guided by science, he said.

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