Zambia has received 228,000 doses, the first consignment of Astra Zeneca vaccine.

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Zambia has received 228,000 doses, the first consignment of Astra Zeneca vaccine, Health Minister Dr Jonas Chanda has disclosed.

And Dr Chanda has noted that some members of the public are still questioning the safety and efficacy of the vaccine.

He says there are still a lot of myths and miscommunication especially on social media platforms about the COVID-19 vaccination strategy.

The minister has, however, called on the general public to rely only on official scientific information on the Ministry of Health and Zambia National Public Health Institute (ZNPHI) websites.

He says the vaccines are deemed to prevent severe disease and death, adding that those vaccinated will still have to adhere to the 5 golden rules of prevention.

On Monday, the country recorded 35 new Covid-19 cases between Sunday and Monday (24-hour period) out of 3,371 tests conducted, representing a positivity rate of 1{44eb4ca4b2d2c051ceec4e28c16ee8f957fb299e94b12100bbafe32a2a9c61cd}.

One death was recorded in the mentioned period while 59 people were discharged.