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Ramaphosa Urges South Africans To Vaccinate So Country Can Return To Normal


It is estimated that the world needs 1.1 billion doses of COVID-19 to help communities return to a normal life. Gayle Smith, the US State Department's global Covid-19 response coordinator, said there are 712 million locally produced vaccines for people in Africa to help the country deal with long-term health problems.    


The World Health Organization says the continents' 1.3 billion people are facing a new wave of serious vaccine shortages at the same time. So far, only 7 million people have been vaccinated, according to WHO Africa Director Matshidiso Moeti. Health experts fear that Africa could suffer in the long run if more of its population is not vaccinated.    


Africa has administered doses of vaccine to 31 million of its 1.3 billion people. More than 13 million South Africans have received at least one vaccine dose including 5.7 million vaccinated with two doses from Pfizer and Biontech and one dose from Johnson Johnson.


South Africa plans to vaccinate 40 million of the 60 million people who have not yet been vaccinated before the end of the year, said Vice President David Mabuza this week.    

A total of 960,000 people have received at least one dose of vaccine in South Africa. According to our report, we have secured enough vaccines to reach all adults in the country - roughly 40 million people - that is. As far as the delivery of the vaccine is concerned, it gives us enough doses to vaccinate about 41 million people worldwide.    


As demand for vaccines becomes more competitive around the world, we are doing our best to ensure supplies to people in South Africa and across the African continent. In our position as President of the African Union, we are committed to ensuring equal access around the world so that no country is left behind.


As part of a global initiative supported by the World Health Organization (WHO) to pool resources for vaccine development and distribution, South Africa supports, along with other countries, several vaccine development programs which seek equitable access to successful vaccines at low cost.    


In India and China, millions of doses of the vaccine have already distributed to countries in the South, including Africa.


South Africa has played an important role in the development of vaccines by participating in studies of the vaccine by Oxford and AstraZeneca, which revealed the weaknesses of vaccines in South African variants and demonstrated the importance of conducting vaccine trials in rich countries.


The South African government has helped Covax raise more than 2 billion doses for developing countries and remains committed to the message that the vaccine should be treated as a global public good.    


We applaud Vodacom Group and Vodafone Foundation for promising 87 million rupees to African countries that operate the cold chain, storage and logistics of COVID-19-vaccinated devices.


In addition, following the successful launch of the platform in South Africa, VodACOM has established a state-of-the-art vaccine management platform in all AU member states.    

At a family meeting, President Cyril Ramaphosa said that many people who do not get vaccinated remain susceptible to infection and are more likely to develop new and dangerous variants.


Delaying the spread of the virus is important so that as many people as possible can be vaccinated before the third wave reaches its peak. At family gatherings, the president said, "If many people are not vaccinated, they will remain susceptible to infection, and the risk of new or dangerous variants will be high.    


Ramaphosa said more than a quarter of South Africans had received at least one dose of the vaccine and over seven million people had been vaccinated. He said the country would be able to resume other important health measures and reduce pressure on health workers if more people were vaccinated.    


Ramaphosa said more than a quarter of all South African adult had received at least one dose of vaccine and more than seven million people had been fully vaccinated. The total number of doses administered in the country is 14.6 million. On 5 March 2021, the number of people vaccinated against COVID-19 exceeded 100,000 in South Africa.    Show Source Texts

He said the country would be able to restore other important health measures and relieve the burden on health workers if more people were vaccinated. Ramaphosa said sub-Saharan Africa was one of five countries on the African continent that could produce the vaccine but needed new capacity.   


According to president Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa has suspended its vaccination program after fears that AstraZeneca had a host of ineffective new COVID variants. In addition, 9 million doses of the Johnson Johnson vaccine are effective against the new Covid variants.


On February 17th, 2021 the national Covid vaccination program began at Khayelitsha District Hospital in the Western Cape Province, where health workers and its health minister Zweli Mkhize received the Janssen vaccine.


On February 17, the National Covid Vaccination Programme began at KwaZulu-Natal District Hospital in Western Cape Province, where a health worker and his Minister of Health ZWeli M Khize received a Tylenol vaccination.    

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa told a news conference the country will be placed from Monday on an adjusted alert level of 2 to 5, involving curfews from 11 p.m. to 4 p.m. and non-essential shops such as restaurants, bars and gyms will close at 10 p.m.    


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