Approving additional brands of Covid-19 vaccines in South Africa would help counter any future disruptions in the country’s vaccine roll-out.
This, according to Professor Gregory Hussey, of the Faculty of Health Sciences, at the University of Cape Town.
Hussey welcomed the news that, except for the Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer-vaccines, other brands of vaccines may soon be introduced here.
He says the global demand for vaccines will, for a while still, cause strain on vaccine-supply to especially African countries.
The Department of Health recently said that the Sinovac vaccine has been provisionally approved for use in the country, while the Astra-Zeneca may also, in future, be used here again.
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- Athlone Stadium Mass Covid-19 Vaccination Site has opened to walk-ins, drive-through to be added in next few weeks.
- Western Cape wants to increase vaccine-demand among residents.
- Western Cape healthcare system under severe pressure but has capacity to treat Covid-19 patients.
📢Covid-19 vaccination update
Yesterday, 17 August 2021, we administered 34 694 vaccines and our total vaccines administered have now surpassed 1.5 million, bringing the total to 1 531 319 to date. #LetsDoThis pic.twitter.com/MZ896SwBUP
— Premier Alan Winde (@alanwinde) August 18, 2021
— Premier Alan Winde (@alanwinde) August 13, 2021
The US consulate here in Cape Town says the millions of doses of Covid-19 vaccines, donated to South Africa by the US government, will help the country increase its vaccination figure even further over the next few weeks.
The Joe Biden administration this week announced that it will ship up to 10-million doses of vaccine to Africa, with more than 6-million doses that will be delivered to South Africa.
The Deputy spokesperson at US Embassy in Cape Town, Nicholas Hersh says South Africa will receive the first shipment of Pfizer-vaccines by Saturday.
Hersh says the US government pledged to donate 500-million vaccine doses to countries around the world.
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- The Western Cape has now exceeded 1 million Covid-19 vaccinations administered.
- 34 to 49-year old age-bracket lauded for registering in their thousands.
- [Listen]: Western Cape to see increase in third wave hospitalizations.
Press Release: United States Donates 5.7 Million COVID-19 Doses to South Africa:
This donation will help protect South Africans from the ravages of the COVID-19 virus and will support continuing efforts to build back the South African economy. https://t.co/tavOYDuIEo 🇺🇲🇿🇦 pic.twitter.com/vEsB7H9mVS
— US Embassy SA (@USEmbassySA) July 28, 2021
#ANNOUNCEMENT: @WHNSC Senior Director Dana Banks just announced that the U.S. will be sending over 5 million doses of Pfizer vaccines to South Africa and just over 4 million doses of Moderna vaccines to Nigeria. #AFHubPress. @USEmbassySA @USinNigeria
— US Africa Media Hub (@AfricaMediaHub) July 28, 2021