Zambia will review its response to the COVID-19 in order to analyze the strength and weaknesses, a senior government official said Tuesday.
Minister of Health Jonas Chanda said the review of the multisectoral response was critical in preparing for the probable third wave anticipated to occur during the cold months of June and July.
The country was following closely the outbreak of the third wave in some countries, including African countries, and putting in place measures that may avert or reduce the impact of the third wave, he said.
Meanwhile, the Zambian minister said the ministry has continued to explore additional options for vaccine acquisition through its three-pillar strategy.
Apart from the COVAX free vaccine facility, the country has been allocated doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccines under the African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team established by the African Union (AU), while engagement with the private sector who has expressed interest in supporting the vaccine acquisition program has commenced, according to the official.
Meanwhile, the country recorded 62 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours out of 2,438 tests done, bringing the cumulative cases to 89,071, while 160 patients were discharged during the same period, bringing the total recoveries to 85,338.
The country also recorded two COVID-19 related deaths, bringing the total deaths to 1,224.