Minister Nzenza Blocks Export Of Raw Materials Used For Making COVID-19 Products

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By Alois Vinga

INDUSTRY Minister, Sekai Nzenza has blocked the exportation of goods and raw material used in the production of COVID-19 products.

The directive was issued Monday under Statutory Instrument (SI) 90 of 2020 regulating the exportation of pharmaceutical medicines and personal protective equipment (PPEs).

“This is in line with measures to regulate exportation (exports) of pharmaceutical medicines and PPEs in light with the prevention for the spread of Coronavirus (COVID -19),” says the Statutory Instrument.

Under the new arrangement, the Health Ministry shall be responsible for issuing export permits on medicines and drugs through the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) while the Ministry of Industry issues export licences.

Some of the products listed include aprons, plastics, disposable theatre caps, liquid soap, tapped buckets, bin liners, sodium hypochlorite solution, methylated spirit.

Also included are; plastic bins, ethanol, paracetamol pills, oral liquid preparation, sterile dosage forms and ceftriaxone injections.

Recently, the government announced a rebate of duty granted on essential goods imported for the fight against the coronavirus.

Essentials being covered under the rebate include; ethyl alcohol, spirits, liqueurs, spirituous beverages, hydrogen peroxide and immunological products.

In Zimbabwe, the global COVID-19 pandemic has infected 25 people including three deaths.