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10m Covid-19 vaccine doses ‘will be in the country next week’

In a massive boost to supply ahead of vaccinations for the 18-34 age group expected to be ‘opened up’ from September.
President Cyril Ramaphosa seen greeting Discovery CEO Adrian Gore during a tour of the Gallagher Estate mass vaccination site in Gauteng on Thursday. Image: Adrian Gore's LinkedIn page

Ten million new Covid-19 vaccine doses ‘will be in the country next week’ which will be “the highest ever supply South Africa has had” since the vaccination drive began.

That’s the word from deputy director-general of the Department of Health Dr Nicholas Crisp, speaking during a briefing with acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane and other health ministry officials on Friday morning.

His comments followed Kubayi-Ngubane declaring earlier in the briefing that South Africa’s vaccination drive “will be significantly fast-tracked” from next week/ August, on the back of a major increase in vaccine supply from both Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson (J&J).

The minister also revealed that vaccinations for the 18-34 age group are expected to be ‘opened up’ from September.

South Africa has received a welcome injection to its Covid-19 vaccination rollout plan, following the United States government announcing a major donation earlier this week of 5.7 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine to the country.

Read: Kubayi-Ngubane: We’ve passed third wave peak, but 47 000 vaccines ‘lost’ in unrest

The donation is expected to arrive in two consignments next week and is the largest bilateral vaccine donation to date to South Africa.

Kubayi-Ngubane said “certainly vaccine supply” has been given a significant boost following the US donation.

President Cyril Ramaphosa also hailed the donation during his tour of vaccinations sites in Gauteng on Thursday.

Both the president and acting health minister highlighted that South Africa had surpassed the 7 million vaccinations mark as of Thursday.

However, Crisp clarified in response to a Moneyweb question during the briefing, that just over 2.2 million people in the country have been fully vaccinated considering that the Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine encompasses a double dose.

He explained that just over 900 000 people had received the J&J single-dose vaccine, while more than 1.3 million people have now been fully vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine.

Read: Cape Town’s vaccine manufacture coup

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“Donation of 5.7 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine to the country”. Like any good dealer – give the first bit free, then charge for the refills. The annual booster shots are already being rolled out – line up, line up! Line the pockets of big pharma..

‘already being rolled out’ lol imagine been so desperate to be a victim or part of a conspiracy that you have to resort to lies.

@ Bib

What conspiracy theory are you referring to?

‘already being rolled out’ lol imagine been so desperate to be a victim or part of a conspiracy that you have to resort to lies.

thanks for another freebie to sa from the usa – have not heard of anything in the post from cuba or russia yet

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