SA concludes the sale of Astra Zeneca vaccines

The Minister of Health, Dr. Zweli Mkhize said on Sunday, the sale of the Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccines has been concluded.

“I can confirm the Department received the full purchase amount on Monday last week,” said Dr. Mkhize.

This is a sequel to the 1 million Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine rollouts halted due to concerns about its efficiency against the COVID-19 variant first discovered in South Africa.

The vaccines, which expire in mid-April, will be shipped to nine African Union countries this week.

Another 70,000 doses of Johnson and Johnson vaccines arrived on Saturday and are now being shipped over the weekend to the various provinces according to respective allocations.

In February, the first batch of 800,000 batches of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine approved by the Health Products Authority of South Africa arrived in the country.

The Health Minister said in the past weeks the Department had to make sure all member states identified by the AU vaccine acquisition team as recipients of the vaccines, are compliant and have all regulatory approvals, permits, and licenses to roll out the vaccines within their respective countries.

Dr. Mkhize said the AU and South African teams then ensured that all logistical arrangements are in place for the shipment of the vaccines.

“I’m pleased the first batch of vaccines that are being delivered benefit} 9 member states. We will collect the balance this week to be given to 5 other countries,” added Dr. Mkhize.

Meanwhile, as of Sunday the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases for South Africa is 1 537 852.

The cumulative total of tests conducted is 9 635 287 with 24 025 tests completed since the last report.

A total of 29 more COVID-19 related deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 1, Free State 1, Gauteng 5, Kwa-Zulu Natal 7, Limpopo 0, Mpumalanga 3, North West 0, Northern Cape 0 and

Western Cape 12.

This brings the total to 52 111 deaths.

“We convey our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who treated the deceased,” said Dr.Mkhize.

Our cumulative recoveries stand at 1 463 089, representing a recovery rate of 95%.

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