Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

E-health

South Africa Receives First Batch of Covid Vaccine

South Africa on Monday took delivery of its first shipment of coronavirus vaccines, a move paving the way to the first phase of inoculation in Africa’s worst-hit country.

Public broadcaster SABC showed President Cyril Ramaphosa at Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International airport receiving one million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, produced by the Serum Institute of India.

Another half-a-million doses of the vaccine are expected later this month.

The jabs will be administered to some 1.2 million health workers, the key target in the first phase of vaccination.

Injections will start to be administered in about two weeks after the vaccines go through quarantine, regulatory and quality-control procedures.

With at least 1.45 million detected infections and more than 44,000 fatalities, South Africa has the highest number of cases and deaths in Africa.

The authorities plan to vaccinate at least 67 per cent of the population, or 40 million people, by year’s end.

The government, which has been accused of being slow to acquire Covid vaccines, announced at the weekend that it had secured an additional 20 million doses — this time of the Pfizer/BioNTech formula.

South Africa’s outbreak has been accelerated by a new variant said to be more contagious than earlier strains of the virus.

(AFP)

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

ad

You May Also Like

News

Two years after it was slammed with a $9m claim for breaching contract by a US Court, Greenville LNG company is on the brink...

Tech

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has cautioned consumers against the patronage and use of devices that have not been typed approved and counterfeit devices,...

Tech

Appzone, one of Africa’s Fintech Software Providers, has rebranded to “Zone”, a regulated blockchain Payment Infrastructure company. By building Africa’s first layer-1 blockchain network,...

News

The Federal Government has denied any plans to hike the pump price of petrol despite the increase in price from N180 per litre to...