The good news:

  • Both ofSA’s vaccines - Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) - seem to offer strong protection against the delta variant that’s driving the third wave.
  • According to the latest Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey (Nids-Cram) the number of South Africans who agreed to get vaccinated has increased from 71% in February to 76% in April/May

The bad news:

  • The delta variant is twice as transmissible as the original Covid virus and hospitals are again overwhelmed.
  • Private sector hospital admissions in Gauteng, the Free State and the Northern Cape are exceeding the peaks with hospital capacity in Gauteng (public and private) now sitting at 91%
  • At the end of June only 5% of the population had been vaccinated with at least one dose of a vaccine,

“It is estimated that between May 17 and July 5, 1.3-m additional shots could have been administered if SA had vaccinated on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as on June 16. Put differently, we are 1.3-million jabs behind schedule because we don’t vaccinate

on weekends, reported Financial Mail (8 July 2021).


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