On Friday morning, Phaahla and a team of experts gave an update on how they were coping with the pandemic.
So far, more than 13 million people have been fully immunized.
Health-care personnel, according to Phaahla, are being targeted for booster shots to help them cope with the impending tsunami. They'll start with personnel who were vaccinated in the Sisonke study, he says.
"As we prepare our next round of boosters, we'd like to make it available to additional health workers who aren't involved in the Sesonke studies." We're getting a lot of questions concerning Pfizer-tainted health personnel. "We'll need to go through the same process to acquire approval from SAHPRA (South African Health Products Regulatory Authority)," Phaahla says.
Here are the latest statistics in South Africa.
There have been 356 new COVID-19 cases reported in South Africa, bringing the overall number of infections to 2 924 978.
A total of 89 452 people have died as a result of COVID-19, according to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases.
SA's most recent statistics:
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