THE United States Government has donated 151,200 doses of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to Zambia as part of its global efforts to fight the coronavirus.
The vaccines were made available through the African Union COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) facility and are part of the U.S. pledge to provide at least 25 million of 80 million doses globally to Africa.
The U.S. government coordinated closely with the African Union and Africa Centres for Diseases Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) on the country allocations.
The donation will help protect Zambians from the ravages of the COVID-19 virus and begin to reduce the barriers to building back the Zambian economy.
And speaking when he recieved the vaccines yesterday, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, David Young expressed optimism at this latest stage of the U.S.-Zambian relationship, reassuring U.S. support to assist Zambia to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The United States is proud to strengthen our friendship through the donation of these life-saving vaccines. The third wave of COVID-19 has been especially difficult in Zambia. Through these vaccines, and the additional U.S. shipments to come, we partner to save lives,” Mr Young said
He said the 151,200 doses are part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to share the U.S. vaccine supply with the world.
Mr Young said President Biden promised that the United States will be an arsenal of vaccines for the world.
“As President Biden said, “from the beginning of my presidency, we have been clear-eyed that we need to attack this virus globally as well. This is about our responsibility — our humanitarian obligation to save as many lives as we can — and our responsibility to our values. We’re going to help lead the world out of this pandemic, working alongside our global partners,” he added.
Zambia to host IMF staff visit from September 27 to October 1, 2021
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.
USAID announces $18.5 million in additional funding to Zambia.
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.
Road Development Agency Board Dissolved
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