South Africa secure 10 million doses


SOUTH Africa has sealed a deal in terms of which the country will receive 10 million COVID-19 doses from Pfizer.

The deal brings to 30 million, the number of doses the country has secured from Pfizer.

The deal was announced by SA Health Minister Zweli Mkhize. “I am happy to announce that we have successfully negotiated for another 10 million doses from Pfizer and, of these, we expect just under two million to be delivered in May. This, therefore, means that we have secured 30 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine for this financial year. 

South Africa is the worst-hit country on the African continent for recorded coronavirus infections and deaths, suffering from a more infectious virus variant called 501Y.V2.

The country had planned to kick-off its vaccination campaign in February with AstraZeneca’s vaccine. But it put plans to use that shot on hold after a small local trial showed it offered minimal protection against mild to moderate illness from the 501Y.V2 variant.

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