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SA vaccine procurement plan on track, Ramaphosa assures

The South African logo The South African 2021-01-09 Riyaz Patel
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President Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africa is in talks with other countries and pharmaceutical companies in an effort to acquire the best COVID-19 vaccine at an affordable rate.

Speaking to the SABC following the ANC‘s January 8 statement which he delivered virtually on Friday night, the president also hinted that he will address the nation soon, as new cases of Covid-19 continue to soar despite the stricter level 3 regulations he announced late last year.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced earlier this week that South Africa will receive its first batch of vaccines from India later this month.

This, as the country battles the second wave of Coronavirus infections, driven by a new mutation – E484K – that has scientists on edge.

More than 60,000 new cases

South African authorities reported more than 60,000 new cases over the past 72 hours.

616 deaths were recorded overnight, while the death toll now stands at 32,425.

Ramaphosa assured South Africans that the vaccine rollout plan is well on track.

“We want to take from that supplier and that supplier and be able, in the mix, to get a relatively good average price. So, we are engaging with many suppliers around the world.”

When the vaccine arrives, government said it will prioritize the vaccination of health care workers, and thereafter an ambitious plan has been set out to give jabs to around 40 million people.

Trade union Solidarity and civil society group AfriForum, meanwhile, are pursuing legal action against what they is the government’s proposed ‘monopoly’ on acquiring and distributing Covid-19 vaccines.

The two organizations said they want to ensure that those who seek to get the vaccine in South Africa are not obstructed from doing so by “government incompetence or corruption.”

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