South Africa secures 20 million COVID-19 vaccines, Ramaphosa says - (Fidelity via NewsPoints Desk)

  • South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said the country has secured 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines which are expected to be delivered mainly in the first half of the year, as reported by Fidelity. 

  • Ramaphosa's comments come after scientists and health workers expressed frustration at the pace at which the government was accessing vaccines.

  • The health ministry said last week it would receive 1.5 million doses of AstraZeneca's vaccine from the Serum Institute of India for frontline health workers over January and February.

  • The government has also had discussions with Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, as well as with vaccine manufacturers in Russia and China.

  • Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Thursday that the nation aimed to vaccinate 40 million people against COVID-19 in order to achieve herd immunity.

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