The South African-born philanthropist & scientist, Patrick Soon-Shiong says the newly-launched cancer and Covid-19 vaccine initiative will significantly boost South Africa’s capabilities to manufacture its own vaccines.

He launched the initiative late last week and says it will entail a partnership with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, the South African Medical Research Council and several South African Universities.

Soon-Shiong says the agreement will enhance the transfer of manufacturing technology for Covid-19 and cancer vaccines.

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The Western Cape Health Department says it still needs to vaccinate a further more than 3-million residents to achieve the province’s herd immunity target of 70%.

Chief of Operations, Dr Saadiq Kariem says there are around 3.1-million residents, over 18 years of age, that still need to receive at least one dose of the covid-19 injection.

Kariem says more than 2.5-million doses of vaccine had, to date, been administered across the province.

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The Western Cape Health Department says it has, to date, managed to vaccinate more than 66% of the province’s pensioners.

The Department’s Chief of Operations, Dr Saadiq Kariem said around 51% of residents, between the ages of 50 and 59, have been vaccinated.

Kariem says only around 40% of 35 to 49-year olds had been vacinnated, while in the 18 to 34-year old age group, only 20% have been vaccinated.

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The World Health Organization says it hopes to, by February of next year, deliver at least 30% of the required doses of covid-19 vaccines to the African continent.

WHO director general, Tedros Ghebreyesus says the initial aim was to vaccinate at least 60% of the continent’s population by the end of this year.

Ghebreyesus says the big difference in vaccination rates between rich and poor countries can be bridged.

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A large percentage of young South Africans, between the ages of 18 and 24 years of age, are the most unwilling to get vaccinated against Covid-19.

This, according to new research by Ask Afrika, which also shows that only 62% of adult South Africans say they are willing to get a Covid-19 vaccine.

Ask Afrika CEO, Andrea Rademeyer says another 11% of residents are still sitting on the fence.

Rademeyer says the country’s overall vaccine-acceptance is much lower than the average of 70% recently reported in studies conducted by the University of Johannesburg and the Human Sciences Research Council.

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