South Africa receives 2.8M COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine doses

South Africa receives 2.8 million COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine doses Source: South Africa's Department of Health

South Africa has received 2.8 million COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine doses from the United States.

The Country’s Department of Health stated that the donation will contribute to the country’s expanded vaccination programme which is fast gaining momentum to reach more people.

“The next batch will arrive on Tuesday to conclude the 5.6 million doses.” The Health Department said.

The initiative is part of the collaboration between the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT), COVAX, and the US government, with the African Union Member States set to receive about 25 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to enhance coverage across the continent, and vaccinate at least 60% of the African population.

The department said these life-saving vaccines arrive at a time when the country gears to vaccinate those aged between 18 and 34 from September.

In addition, about 1,454,900 Johnson & Johnson vaccines are expected to be transported to various sites on Tuesday.

(With input from SA Gov News)

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