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Zimbabwe Tobacco Buyers Need Vaccination Proof for License

Burley tobacco grows in a field in Shelbyville, Kentucky, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. An experimental Covid-19 vaccine that's produced in tobacco plants may start clinical trials within weeks as the race for immunization intensifies. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

(Bloomberg) — Zimbabwe’s tobacco regulator requires buyers of the crop to be vaccinated against the coronavirus before a license for the 2021 season that starts April 7 is issued.

“We want to make the tobacco markets a place of safety as far as Covid-19 is concerned,” Patrick Devenish, the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board chairman, said Monday by phone from the capital, Harare.

We are not forcing the uptake of vaccines but encouraging industry-wide participation, he said.

Tobacco is the southern African nation’s biggest agricultural export and earned $782 million in revenue last year, according to central bank data.

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