Covid-19 Vaccine News: South Africa Welcomes Its First Batch Of Vaccines From India

South Africa is all set to begin vaccinations after it received a huge consignment from India

ZEE5 Web Desk

February 3, 2021

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South Africa welcomed its first batch of the Oxford University Astra Zeneca vaccine from the Serum Institute of India (SII) on Monday. One million doses of the vaccine were delivered to Johannesburg via an airplane on Monday morning. To receive this huge consignment, President Cyril Ramaphosa and other top officials were personally present at the airport. This move comes as the world fights to curb a second wave of the variants of the coronavirus.

The President, in a live telecast, mentioned that 700 million vaccines came through the global Covax facility and 300 million were facilitated by the African Vaccine Acquisition Testing. He also reminded the public that no one will be forced to take the vaccine. He also took to Twitter to mark this important day.

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He also extended his gratitude to health workers and researchers for their work on patients and the vaccine.

But many scientists and health workers publicly criticised the government for not securing vaccines earlier.

The World Health organisation said that more than 90% of the vaccine jabs are being sent to higher-income nations and middle or lower-income nations are facing the brunt of this.

Also read: AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine supplies to EU nations lower than expected

South African officials have said that they have secured nearly 50 million vaccines which will be enough for 2/3rd of the whole population of the country. The country has also passed its second wave peak and the president has announced some ease in restrictions. The first rollout of the vaccine is said to prioritise around 1.2 million frontline healthcare workers. However, before it reaches the healthcare workers, the vaccines are said to go through quality checks and stock reconciliations, which could take about 10-14 days.

WHO suggests South Africa to start vaccinations as soon as possible.

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