Good and bad news about Covid-19 in SA
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).