Zambia allocated 8.7 mln COVID-19 vaccines from African Union

25 January 2021, 7:42 AM
 Zambia has been allocated 8.7 million doses of the 270 million COVID-19 vaccines secured this month by the African Union (AU), and this may rise to 25 million doses by December 2021, the Zambian mission at the AU said Sunday.
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