South Africa’s long-awaited first 1 million of AstraZeneca doses from Oxford University arrived in the country on Monday afternoon.
The vaccine imported from the Serum Institute of India (SII) left Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai on Sunday.
President Cyril Ramaphosa and Vice President David Mabuza, who chairs the Inter-Ministerial Vaccine Committee received South Africa’s first consignment of COVID-19 vaccine.
Described as a milestone underlining the strong relationship and deep friendship between South Africa and India, the vaccine exports have further strengthened cooperation between our two countries in the fight against the spread of the global pandemic.
The historic event was attended by South African Consul General Andrea Kuhn and members of the Consulate.
Kuhn said in a statement on Sunday that South Africa is deeply grateful for the professional support provided by the Indian Government, the Indian Industry Association, Mumbai International Airport Cargo, Expo Cargo Pte Ltd (EFL) and Emirates.
Meanwhile, President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation today [Monday], at 8 p.m., on developments in the country’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic hours after receiving Vaccines consignment from India.
The presidency said the address follows meetings held in recent days by the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC), the President’s Coordinating Council (PCC) and the Cabinet.