By Zuko Komisa
In recent a press briefing, Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize announced that South Africa will be receiving 1 000 000 (one million) COVID-19 vaccine doses in January and another 500 000 (five hundred thousand) doses in February from the SII (Serum Institute of India).
“Today, I am pleased to announce that the Serum Institute of India (SII) has given us permission to make a public announcement and start engaging with all relevant stakeholders in preparation for the roll out.”
The country’s infection rate is showing negative signs of a decline, with the total number of confirmed #COVID19 cases at 1 149 591, the number of deaths totalling 31 368 and the total number of recoveries being 929 239 as at 7 January 2020.
The acquisition according to Mkhize has been done directly by the Department of Health in efforts to strengthens the credibility of the process as all the negotiations and payment issues are managed directly by the government with the manufacturer.
Mkhize urged the public to be patient with the government as they continue to engage manufacturers.
‘We will not neglect our responsibility to protect lives and also fight this pandemic. We therefore call on all South Africans, members of the public, political parties, business, labour, NGOs and community leaders and members to work with us as we start this historic process.“