South Africa: President Cyril Ramaphosa, Health Minister Rating First Covid-19 Vaccine

President Cyril Ramaphosa says he is worked up with the initiate of the COVID-19 vaccination programme, which begins in Khayelitsha within the Western Cape, this day.

“To relate our self belief in this vaccine and support allay any fears that individuals will have, the Minister of Health and I would possibly possibly be a part of the main properly being care personnel to bag the vaccine in Khayelitsha,” he stated earlier than the programme.

President Ramaphosa and Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, will impress the main properly being care personnel receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The vaccine, which has been authorized by the South African Health Merchandise Authority, arrived on the OR Tambo Global Airport in Gauteng on Tuesday night.

The first batch of 80 000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is being ready for distribution across South Africa with instantaneous attain.

President Ramaphosa on Wednesday stated he is worked up that the nation is able to initiate vaccination by mid-February, as launched.

“That is despite the fact that the AstraZeneca vaccine that we had procured that is why showed miniature efficacy against the 501Y.V2 variant, which is at display cowl dominant in South Africa.

“I could well presumably are searching to congratulate the Vaccine Inter-Ministerial Committee, the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Vaccines, Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize and his personnel, and the Clinical Compare Council for responding so without notice and successfully to this inform,” President Ramaphosa stated.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been shown in intensive trials to be safe and efficacious, and can offer protection to properly being care personnel from illness and death from COVID-19.

“We have got called on leaders in numerous sectors and parts of the nation to lead by instance and bag inoculated publicly. We can therefore impress some Premiers, MECs and leaders from civil society, non secular formations and ragged management being being vaccinated in all provinces.

“We have got chosen vaccination and we name on all South Africans to take hang of vaccination and offer protection to every other,” the President stated.

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