The Zambian government on Thursday denied the report that the country does not have adequate storage facilities for the COVID-19 vaccines.
Minister of Health Jonas Chanda said it was unfortunate that some media platforms were reporting that the country does not have the capacity to store the vaccines.
“On the contrary, Zambia has functional cold chain systems and routine infrastructure utilized for our expanded program on immunization. The cold chain capacity is well outlined in our national vaccine deployment plan,” he said in a release.
He added that there was also a provision for strengthening the current infrastructure once the ministry obtains cabinet approval for the acquisition and deployment of the vaccines.
Therefore, I wish to state that the stories are unfounded and should be disregarded as cheap propaganda, he added.
The country recorded 580 new cases in the last 24 hours, out of 5,565 tests done. This brought the cumulative cases to 83,913 since the outbreak of the pandemic in March last year.
A total of 471 patients were discharged during the period, bringing the total recoveries to 80,027. However, the country recorded eight deaths during the period, bringing the total deaths to 1,148. Enditem