Pfizer Vaccine Arrives in South Africa

More than 325 000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine have arrived in South Africa. The Pfizer vaccine arrived on May 2 at OR Tambo International Airport. This is the first shipment with similar-sized shipments being expected weekly until the end of May. There is an expected total of 1.3 million Pfizer vaccines to be delivered.

Photo Credit: Dr Zweli Mkhize

In a statement released by the Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, the Pfizer vaccine will undergo quality assurance at the National Control Laboratory and be distributed thereafter. Further in his statement, Dr Zweli Mkhize stated, “The vaccine supply will increase to an average of 636 480 doses weekly from 31 May which will see us accumulating close to 4.5-million doses by the end of June,” said Mkhize in his Sunday statement.

Phase two of the South African COVID-19 vaccination rollout plan, to vaccinate people 60 years and above is set to start on May 17. Phase two of this rollout be finished by November 2021. The Department of Health aims to vaccinate approximately 16.6 million people during this time.

This is a good sign for the mass vaccination in South Africa. More so, it is a greater win for relocation and global mobility during this pandemic. We hope in the next few months, there will be greater progress with vaccination rollout across Africa. For more information on vaccine rollout and progress in Africa, click https://mediahack.co.za/datastories/coronavirus/vaccinations/?referrer=bhekisisa-vaccines-widget  

 

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