Health minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that the second phase of the country’s vaccination roll-out will begin on 17 May.
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Health minister Zweli Mkhize says government remains committed to vaccinating 65% of the population, or 40 million people, by the end of the year to help the country reach herd immunity.
The rand weakened early on Monday after South Africa’s Covid-19 vaccination plan suffered a setback over the weekend as the government put on hold the use of AstraZeneca’s vaccine in its programme.
Government will use an electronic system to keep track of everyone who gets the Covid-19 vaccine as South Africa gears up for its historical mass vaccination.
South Africa’s first vaccines will arrive in the country on 1 February, signalling the start of an inoculation programme that has been criticised for its tardiness.
Government, lauded for its swift lockdown in March to curb the spread of the coronavirus, is now being pilloried for being slow off the mark to secure vaccines.
South Africa’s biggest businesses said they are “seriously considering” a request by the government to help fund the acquisition of Covid-19 vaccines as the disease curbs activity in the economy.
President Cyril Ramaphosa is considering making changes to his cabinet after he meets the ruling party’s leadership this weekend, people familiar with the deliberations said.
South Africa’s coronavirus outbreak appears to be slowing, with the latest data showing fewer new infections and a drop in natural excess deaths.
While the number of new Covid-19 cases is stabilising in the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal is expected to join Gauteng as the country’s epicentre, health minister Zweli Mkhize warned on Monday.