With about 8.2 million tests conducted for the virus and infections nearing 1.5 million, South Africa is set to receive it first batch of the coronavirus vaccines.
The first one million batch of doses was initially scheduled for the end of January, and will be used to inoculate health workers, while the second batch of doses is scheduled to arrive in February.
According to the official twitter account of the South African government @GovernmentZA, the first shipment of one million doses of oxford Astrazeneca vaccine is said to be on it way. The shipment would leave the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai today and would arrive in South Africa on the 1st of February.
In response to the accusation that the delay in getting the vaccines had been caused by the lateness in negotiations by the South African government, The Deputy Director-General for the National Department of Health Dr.Anban Philay told Aljazeera: ”We couldn’t procure a vaccine without knowing that it is effective, safe and when it would be delivered. This information only became available recently for some vaccines. We had to wait to get this information before making a financial commitment” he stated.
Under it agreement, South Africa will pay $5.25 per shot and $2 more than what it would cost when the same vaccine arrives within the deal that the African Union (AU) has secured for African countries.
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