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10,000 doses of fake COVID-19 vaccines destroyed by ZAMRA

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THE Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority (ZAMRA) has intercepted and destroyed 10,000 doses of a suspected COVID-19 vaccine imported into the country without authorisation.
On July, 2 this year, the vaccine labelled as Hayat Vax [SARS-COV-2 Vaccine] (Vero Cell) inactivated, with batch number HV0025, was brought into the country by an importer named Chrismar Earthmoving Equipment.
In a media statement, ZAMRA said it seized the consignment which was worth USD150, 000 was seized at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in conjunction with the Zambia Revenue Authority.
The authority said the named vaccine is unauthorised for use on the Zambian market as it is not registered by ZAMRA.
“In addition, the vaccine is not under the World Health Organization Emergency Use Listing.The WHO EUL procedure is one of the regulatory reliance mechanisms which ZAMRA utilizes, like other national regulatory authorities in other jurisdictions, to consider COVID 19 vaccines for national use.
According to the documentation (Invoice) which was furnished to ZAMRA, the purported manufacturer of Hayat Vax vaccine is Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries while the selling entity is G42 Medications Trading LLC of the United Arab Emirates,” reads the statement.
ZAMRA said the action carried out was to ensure that the Zambian population is protected from the risk of using the unauthorised vaccine whose quality, safety and effectiveness was not guaranteed.
The Authority has further urged members of the public who intend to import COVID19 vaccines, including other medicines and allied substances to ensure that the right processes and procedures are followed in accordance with the Medicines and Allied Substances to avoid stringent regulatory and legal action.

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Zambia to host IMF staff visit from September 27 to October 1, 2021

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THE Ministry of Finance and National planning, has announced that Zambia will be hosting a technical IMF staff visit from September 27 to October 1, 2021. This follows Cabinet’s approval of the Budget Policy Concept Paper on the 2022-2024 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and the 2022 National Budget framework, on Friday 17th September, 2021.

This is according to a press statement issued by the Ministry of Finance and National planning.

“The IMF staff will work with the Ministry of Finance and National planning to understand the key policies and specific reform measures prioritized by the new dawn Administration. During the staff visit, the #IMF team will also receive an update on the most recent economic developments and the prospects for the remainder of the year. The Ministry will further share key principles and priorities that will inform 2022 budget preparations.” The statement reads in part.

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USAID announces $18.5 million in additional funding to Zambia.

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THE United States government has announced a $18.5 million funding for Zambia.

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power announced approximately $18.5 million in additional the U.S. government funding to support the people of Zambia, including Zambia’s fight against COVID-19.

This was after a meeting with President Hakainde Hichilema in the USA.

Administrator Power and President Hichilema met to discuss the U.S. support for the Zambian people and President Hichilema’s ambitious agenda of democratic and economic reforms.

Administrator Power spokesperson  Rebecca Chalif said in view of President Hichilema’s early efforts to strengthen democratic institutions and freedom of expression, since his inauguration on August 24, Administrator Power announced $1.25 million to help bolster Zambia’s new democratic openings.

She said the funding is meant to advance USAID’s activities to strengthen the foundations of freedom of expression and assembly, and help safeguard a space for activists, human rights defenders, oppositional voices, and independent and new media.

Chalif said Administrator Power also highlighted USAID’s recent announcement of $6.7 million from the American Rescue Plan for strengthening the Zambian government’s response to the pandemic.

“Since 2020, the United States has provided more than $33.9 million to fight COVID-19 in Zambia in addition to providing vaccines to fully vaccinate over 300,000 Zambians. U.S. assistance has supported Zambia’s outbreak response, outreach, and communications on COVID-19 prevention measures and vaccine delivery.The pandemic has also generated new challenges for the global AIDS response,” she said.

Chalif said Administrator Power also announced an additional $9.6 million from the American Rescue Plan to help mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on HIV/AIDS programs in Zambia.

She said since 2020, the United States has provided more than $734.3 million to fight HIV/AIDS in Zambia.

“Administrator Power announced $1 million in FY 20 Power Africa Clean Energy funds to strengthen Zambia’s energy sector by continuing and amplifying support for sector reforms to facilitate investment, off-grid networks to expand access to electricity, and health facility electrification to improve health services and benefit neighboring communities,” Chalif said.

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Road Development Agency Board Dissolved

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THE Board of Directors of the Road Development Agency (RDA) has been dissolved with immediate effect.

Infrastructure, Housing, and Urban Development Minister,  Charles Milupi has announced the dissolution of the RDA Board.

“By virtue of being the appointing authority and in line with established law, I hereby withdraw the appointment to the board of the Road development Agency with immediate effect.” Mr Milupi has said.

The minister has since thanked all those who served on the RDA board for the service rendered to the agency and has wished them well in their future endeavours.

This is contained in a statement issued by Ministry public relations officer Jeff Banda

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ZAMBIA: COVID-19 STATS

25 Sep 2021, 11:50 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

208,829 Total Cases
3,645 Deaths
204,670 Recovered

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