More than 110-thousand Western Cape residents – aged over 60 – have already been vaccinated against Covid-19.

Premier Alan Winde says there has been a marked increase in the number of people, in this age group, who have registered and reported for their vaccination.

He says more than 20-thousand pensioners and employees in old-age homes and care-centres have also been vaccinated.

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The Western Cape will open up to 274 vaccination sites over the next few weeks.

According to Premier, Alan Winde the close to 300 vaccination sites will be in operation by the start of phase 3 of the vaccination campaign.

Winde says the province is ready to drastically scale up vaccinations, as soon as additional vaccine doses are made available by national Government.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has approved China’s Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use.

The Organization says it will now be able to significantly boost its supply of vaccines to the Covax-facility, after green-lighting the use of the vaccine.

The WHO’s prof. Katherine O’Brien says clinical trials have shown that up to 51% of people – vaccinated with Sinovac – developed a less severe form of the virus.

O’Brien says this is the second Chinese vaccine, after Sinopharm, to receive WHO-approval.

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