Health Minister Joe Phaahla says there are very few countries in the world where the genomic sequencing of Covid-19 is as up to date, as here in South Africa.

He commended the country’s scientists for their early detection of the C.1.2 variant of the virus.

Phaahla says observing new variants in the early stages helps Government better plan for future outbreaks.

Access the Minister’s full briefing here.

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SAHPRA says with new variants of Covid-19 that are being observed, getting vaccinated still is the best way to protect one-self from getting severely ill.

SAHPRA CEO professor Helen Rees says even though the vaccines are not 100% effective against preventing infection they provide significant protection against developing severe illness and death.

During a parliamentary briefing this week, Rees said getting vaccinated would also help reduce pressure on the country’s healthcare system.

She says the vaccines remain effective against the new Covid-19 variants.

She urges residents to continue practicing the health- and safety measures even after getting vaccinated.

Access her full briefing here.

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