The next batch of Johnson&Johnson expected to arrive in SA on Saturday

Health Minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize: File Pic: GCIS

Dr Zweli Mkhize

The next batch of 80 000 doses of Johnson &Johnson vaccines will arrive in the country this Saturday, Health Minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize said on Monday.

Mkhize announced the arrival of the second batch during the Parliamentary debate on the COVID-19 rollout.

Mkhize said Johnson&Johnson including Moderna and Pfizer are among the first group of vaccines for current Implementation that should be considered for immediate use.

“We have placed huge orders on Johnson &Johnson and Pfizer which will be finalised in the next few days and announced when concluded, whilst discussions are ongoing with Moderna and no finality has been reached yet,” said Mkhize.

Mkhize said Health Department and Treasury have concluded a proposal that will provide for a mechanism to compensate any citizen who suffers an adverse effect from the Johnson and Johnson and Pfizer vaccine.

In principle, said Mkhize this proposed mechanism would provide for recourse for any adverse effect suffered from any vaccine that has been approved for rollout by South African Health Products Regulatory Authority.

Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni will make the announcements in his Budget Speech today [Wednesday]and expand on this mechanism.

Mkhize confirmed that South Africa is not donating but selling Astra Zeneca stock to the African Union.

“Therefore, there is no wasteful or fruitless expenditure,” added Mkhize.

The government had secured 1 million Oxford-AstraZeneca which the recent data from the trial shows it was not effective against mild and moderate symptoms of the more contagious South African variant, also known as 501.V2 or B.1.351.

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