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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