Posted on Thu 7 Jan 2021, 06:36 PM

South Africa will receive its first batch of coronavirus vaccines in January, the health minister said Thursday, as the continent’s worst-hit country battles a record number of infections.

“South Africa will be receiving one million doses in January and 500,000 doses in February,” Zweli Mkhize said in a statement.

Mkhize had indicated at a weekend press briefing that South Africa was hoping to receive its first vaccnes in February, adding that the rollout depended on negotiations that were under way with several pharmaceutical companies.

Posted on Mon 4 Jan 2021, 04:54 AM

South Africa, which has been hard hit by a second wave of coronavirus cases, hopes to obtain its first vaccine doses next month, the health minister announced Sunday.

In recent weeks the South African government has come in for criticism, particularly from health experts, over the delay in starting a programme of inoculation against Covid-19.

Posted on Mon 28 Dec 2020, 04:41 AM

South Africa has become the first African nation to record one million coronavirus cases, according to new data published by the country’s health ministry on Sunday.

Currently suffering a second wave of infections, of which the majority are a new variant of the coronavirus, South Africa is the hardest-hit country on the African continent, with 1,004,413 infections and 26,735 deaths, the data showed.

As of 1900 GMT, a total 2,658,646 cases were recorded in Africa and 62,649 fatalities, according to an AFP tally.

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