USA Donates Over 5 Million Pfizer Vaccines to South Africa
South Africa will receive a donation of Pfizer vaccines on Saturday from the United States of America (USA). The Department of Health has confirmed the arrival of the vaccines this week. Read further for more details.
South Africa is expecting a donation of Pfizer vaccines to arrive on Saturday this week. The USA is donating 5.66 million of Pfizer vaccine doses to many African countries and South Africa being the first to receive it.
The Department of Health Deputy-Director General Dr Nicholas Crisp confirmed the arrival of the vaccines this coming Saturday. Dr Crisp shared that discussions about the donation have ongoing for a while now.
Dr Crisp says the aim is to vaccinate over 300 000 people every day and a million in every three days.
It’s a very significant consignment. It will start to arrive in the next couple of days. They started packing today. This is a very large consignment so it may take a couple of days for the laboratory to go through all the data.
The Health Department also confirmed the arrival of the Johnson & Johnson vaccines within the next couple of days. The J&J vaccines are aimed at rural communities where means of traveling are limited.
Dr Crisp said the vaccines will undergo routine laboratory tests before they can be deemed ready for its purpose.
The donation is a break-away from the 500 million vaccines that the USA government promised to donate in African countries. Nearly 50 African countries will be receiving the Covid-19 vaccines from USA.
The Department of Health welcomes the USA initiative in helping the African countries to fight the spread of the virus.
Dr Crisp says they will not sleep until all the vaccines have arrived. He said they are running out of doses and some vaccination sites have run out completely.
The Health Department believes the donation of the vaccines will speed up the process of minimizing infections in the country.
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