Health Minister Joe Phaahla says there is light at the end of the tunnel, for South Africa, in its fight against the covid-19 pandemic.

Phaahla says even though the third wave of the pandemic – now at close to 120 days – has been the longest wave thus far, it is starting to show a decline.

The Minster says the first wave lasted for an estimated 80 days, while the second wave lasted for around 90 days.

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The Minister of Health, Joe Phaahla says 17 million more South Africans need to be vaccinated to reach the country’s 70% herd immunity target by December.

Phaahla says at least 11-million South Africans, or 28% of the country’s adult population, have already received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine.

Phaahla says the country has enough vaccine doses to inoculate 300-thousand people per day, which will see the country reaching its herd-immunity target.

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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 Department of Health says it aims to vaccinate at least 40-million South Africans, in the next few months, to achieve herd-immunity.

Deputy director-general at the Department, Dr. Nicholas Crisp says the aim is to vaccinate as many adults as possible, before the end of December.

Crisp says 5-million South Africans have, to date, been fully vaccinated.

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Premier Alan Winde says the province is engaging with different stakeholders to put in place additional strategies to help re-open the province’s tourism sector to attract overseas visitors and to get the tourism economy up & running again.

Winde says boosting herd immunity in small Western Cape towns would help attract overseas visitors – who are cautious about contracting the visitors while on holiday here – to again visit the province.

He says a stakeholder meeting, is taking place today.

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