By Etambuyu Katota

The United States Government has given the Zambian Government 500,000 United States Dollars to assist in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

Health Minister Jonas Chanda says the funds will support the procurement of COVID-19 equipment and the recruitment of temporary staff.

Dr. Chanda says the contribution shows confidence from the United States towards government’s fight against the coronavirus.

Meanwhile Dr. Chanda said cabinet is yet to finalise the acquisition of a covid-19 vaccine.

Dr. Chanda has assured the county that only safe and efficacious vaccines will be brought into the county.

Speaking during the routine COVID-19 briefings in Lusaka, Dr. Chanda also disclosed that the country has recorded 575 cases and 15 deaths in the last 24 hours.

He further said the county has not recorded any cholera cases since the onset of the rains.