South Africa vaccinates less than 40 000 as roll-out begins

But government says the programme will pick up pace.
Health workers register patients at a Covid-19 testing station Johannesburg. Image: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

South Africa vaccinated 39 371 people over two days as its broad rollout of Covid-19 vaccines began, the National Department of Health said.

The slow-pace of the vaccination programme, which is initially using the two-dose Pfizer vaccine, highlights the challenges the country is facing in reaching its aim of the inoculating the 40 million it needs to reach so-called herd immunity. The government has said the programme will pick up pace.

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While almost 480 000 South African health workers have been inoculated as part of trial with single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines the government has come under criticism for delays to the broad rollout.

Initially a failure to pre-order vaccines slowed the programme, which was then set back by a study that showed that the AstraZeneca vaccine was less effective against a coronavirus variant first identified in South Africa.

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To do 16 million in about 6 weeks you need to do about 10 times more. Like 400 000 per day.

Everyday you miss the target it goes up.

TSK!!!

ANC = INCOMPETENCE. This is not a racist comment but a fact! Proof me wrong?

Lets help Bloomberg woke news….

If I get vaccinated…Can I stop wearing the mask?
Government says – No
Can we reopen all the shops and restaurants and everyone work normally again?
Government says – No
Will I be resistant to Covid19?
Government says – Maybe, but we don’t know exactly, it probably won’t stop you getting it
At least I won’t be contagious to others anymore?
Government says – No, you can still pass it on, possibly, nobody knows
If I am vaccinated, can I stop social distancing?
Government – No
If I am vaccinated, can I stop disinfecting my hands?
Government – No
If I vaccinate myself and my grandparents, can we hug each other?
Government – No
Will cinemas, theaters and stadiums operate as normal thanks to vaccines?
Government – No
What is the benefit of the vaccine?
Government Response – Hoping the virus won’t kill you
Are you sure it won’t kill me? Government says – No

Let’s be honest… Is anyone really surprised?

It’s now simply common knowledge the government can’t organise ANYTHING in ANY sector properly.

All they’re good at is corruption.

And I’m not even being facetious, it’s just the truth.

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