On Thursday minister of health Zweli mkhize was addressing the parliament said sa aims to vaccinate around 1.1 million people against covid-19 by the end of March.
The country has started rolling out j&j vaccine last week and health workers were targeted in a research study program. So far more than 32,000 health workers had been given the Johnson & Johnson's vaccine shot. Authorities had estimated that at least 40 million people needed to be vaccinated to ensure population had immunity. However minister mkhize said "as we go on with our discussion, it does appear we may have to do more than 40 million"
South Africa has recorded around 1.5 million covid-19 cases (still counting) and 49,500 covid-19 related deaths. It was said that the government had grouped covid-19 vaccines into three categories and j&j, Pfizer and morderna shots were considered immediate to use.
Previously South African authorities said they had secured 20 million doses from Pfizer and nine million from j&j, but minister Mkhize said those numbers were just "opening negotiations" and the final agreement was more likely to be different.
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