SA Secures More COVID-19 Vaccines

Written by on 2 February, 2021

By: Bright Ntuli

President Cyril Ramaphosa says government is expecting another 500 000 COVID-19 vaccine doses from the Serum Institute of India to arrive later this month.

This comes after one-million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine arrived in the country on Monday.

Ramaphosa says 12-million doses from the global COVAX facility  have been secured, with approximately two million doses to be released by next month.

He adds that nine-million doses have also been secured from Johnson and Johnson, and Pfizer has committed 20-million vaccine doses commencing with deliveries in the second quarter.

“In addition, Pfizer has committed 20 million vaccine doses commencing with deliveries in the second quarter,” the President said.

South Africa aims to secure enough doses to achieve ‘herd immunity’, also known as ‘population immunity’.

“This is when enough of the population is immune to the virus to provide indirect protection to those who are not immune. This should bring the spread of the virus under control. Our scientists estimate that we will likely reach herd immunity once around 67 percent of our people are immune. This amounts to around 40 million people in South Africa,” said Ramaphosa.

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