President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged First World countries to do more to help address vaccine inequity.

During the Covid-19 World Summit last week, Ramaphosa urged developed countries to assist developing countries to produce their own vaccines.

He says although African countries are grateful for the millions of doses of covid-19 vaccines, donated to them, more needs to be done to immediately increase access to the vaccines.

He says sharing vaccine knowledge and technology is one of the easiest ways to address vaccine inequity.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa says the new cancer and Covid-19 vaccine initiative, launched last week, will be a game-changer in South Africa’s fight against Covid-19.

Ramaphosa says the NantAfrica initiative, spearheaded by Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, will see the establishment of state-of-the-art vaccine production facilities in the country.

The initiative will also see the launch of the Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation which will enhance rapid genomic surveillance of and response to viral mutations.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged political leaders to encourage their supporters to get vaccinated.

The President says that the more people are vaccinated, the less chances of the upcoming 1 November elections turning into a Covid-19 super-spreader event.

He also urged those, who host and attend political gatherings, to adhere to the safety and social distancing measures at all times.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on South Africans to play a more active role in helping fight crime in their communities.

During the annual South African Police Service Commemoration Day, Ramaphosa said more would also be done to bring to book those who are responsible for killing police officers.

He says 34 police officers were killed, while on duty, between 1 April 2020 and 31 March 2021.

The President says 840 officer have also, over the past year, succumbed to covid-19.

He says more should be done to bring criminals to book.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa says members of the South African Police force must – within the confines of the law – defend their own lives and the lives of law abiding citizens.

During the annual South African Police Service Commemoration Day he said 34 officers have, between 1 April 2020 and 31 March 2021, been killed while on active duty.

Ramaphosa says the fight to curb serious and violent crimes in South Africa should be a collective effort.

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