By Alice Chisanga.
Zambia has received an additional 336,000 doses of Johnson and Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 Vaccine from the United States Government.
This batch brings the total number of doses of the J&J COVID-19 doses provided to Zambia to 638,400.
The first batch arrived on July 21, 2021.
Confirming the development, Deputy Chief of Mission Martin Dale told Pan African Vissions Newspaper that the vaccine arrived in the country on Wednesday, 20th October 2021.
Mr. Dale said the total number of the donated vaccines is the largest quantity the United States Government has ever donated to a single country to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said his country has continued in making available 1.1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses worldwide.
To date, Mr. Dale said the United States has delivered more than 192 million doses of vaccine to more than 100 countries.
” This historic vaccine donation to 92 Gavi Advance Market Commitment economies and African Union Member States will continue to fulfill U.S. President Biden’s commitment to strengthen the fight against the global pandemic.” He Said.
Mr. Dale noted that safe and effective vaccines were the best tools in ending the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Earlier, Minister of Health Sylvia Masebo announced that a total of 788,042 people have been vaccinated of which 452, 842 are fully vaccinated.
This she said translate to only 5.1% of the targeted population the government wants vaccinated.