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South Africa to procure additional 20 million doses of Pfizer vaccines

The health department revised the vaccination strategy to target “the most pressing public health and economic relief”.

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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize confirmed that South Africa signed a deal for the procurement of 20 million doses of Pfizer vaccines. Payment will be made in due course.

He added that the deal will be finalised within the next few days. In addition,the minister confirmed that the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) agreement was also “fully concluded”.

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Significant and rapid expansion’

According to a press release, Dr Mkhize believes that the two vaccine deals now “sets the stage for a significant and rapid expansion of the country’s COVID-19 vaccination programme”.

He confirmed that the “final tranche of 200 000 Johnson & Johnson doses for the Sisonke Protocol is expected to arrive on 10 April 2021, and explained:

“These doses will take us to the last mile of the Sisonke Protocol, which is set to become one of the most seminal studies in the history of the pandemic”.

The next step, according to the health minister, would now be for South Africa to “embark on an implementation study with a limited number of Pfizer doses used among healthcare workers”.

Implementation study

Minister Mkhize also described the implementation study as a “valuable contribution to the science of mass vaccination”, which will lead to the success of the vaccination programme:

“In preparation for the mass vaccination campaign, we have undertaken a deep study of the Sisonke Protocol to draw lessons from the programme and enhance the efficiency of future operations”.

Minister Mkhize thanked “government officials, business partners and social partners who are working around the clock to ensure that the programme is efficient, safe and exemplary”.

He explained that the department have, “upon deeper inspection and reflection”, revised the vaccination strategy to target “the most pressing public health and economic relief” which the programme should achieve.

COVID-19 in South Africa

At the time of publishing, South Africa had a confirmed caseload of 1 552 853 cases, along with 53 032 deaths while recoveries were at 1 478 820. In addition, the total number of vaccines administered now stands at 272 438.

The latest tally showed that no deaths were recorded in KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, the North West or the Northern Cape on 6 April.

In the Eastern Cape, 8 patient passed away, while 16 from the Free State and 9 from Gauteng passed away. South Africa how has a recovery rate of 95%. As at 6 April 2021:

ProvinceTotal Cases in South AfricaTotal DeathsTotal RecoveriesActive Cases currently
Eastern Cape195 51511 371183 948196
Free State83 789 3 67678 3931 720
Gauteng415 68210 363403 2002 119
KwaZulu-Natal334 60010 236318 5965 768
Limpopo63 2762 24160 748287
Mpumalanga75 6131 34873 426839
North West64 2241 49660 5522 176
Northern Cape36 64182533 0092 807
Western Cape283 51311 476266 9485 089

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