India Pays Back Vaccine Money to SA

Written by on 9 April, 2021

By: Zilungile Mkhize

Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize, has confirmed that the country has been reimbursed for the 500 000 AstraZenicca vaccine doses it bought from India.

This was the final batch that would have been delivered by the Serum Institute of India.

Mkhize is on a countrywide tour to assess the readiness of Provinces for the mass vaccination campaign, and has started at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Gauteng.

South Africa had to halt the rollout of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine after a study showed it’s not effective enough against the new COVID-19 variant.

The minister says these doses have been bought by other African countries through the African Union, adding that the SII has returned the money for the final does that remained in India.

On the vaccine rollout programme, Mkhize says health workers will always receive the protection of the department, as they remain the frontline soldiers needed to take care of everyone else in war against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Phase 2 will kick off on the 17th of May and will see the vaccination of essential workers, persons in congregate settings, over 60 years and persons over 18 years with comorbidities.

Phase 3 will focus on persons older than 18 years, targeting 22 million 500 thousand of the population.

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