Enough vaccines (on paper) for 41-m people
On Tuesday, (6 April) Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said that the Pfizer agreement for 20-m doses of vaccines (enough for 10-m people) had been signed and that payment processes were under way to close the deal. This implies that SA now has enough vaccines (on paper) to vaccinate 41-m people - about 69% of the population.
“It is true that administering vaccines is simpler than running COVID-19 wards, but if you think
about which entities to entrust with complicated logistical programmes, the Eastern Cape Department of Health, for example, will not be high on many people’s lists. It seems obvious that South Africa’s significant private sector health infrastructure and logistical capacity should be roped in to help, but to what extent this will happen remains to be seen,” wrote. Marcus Low in Spotlight (9 April 2021)
- SA’s COVID-19 efforts are set to get a R45-m boost from the United States government, according to US charge d’affaires Todd Haskell. – News24 (8 April 2021