The minister of health Dr Zweli Mkhize says that the next batch of Johnson & Johnson vaccines will arrive in the country this weekend, taking the total doses in South Africa for phase one of the rollout to 160,000.
The first batch of vaccines saw 80,000 doses delivered on 16 February, with the same number of healthcare workers expected to be vaccinated two weeks after the drop. The official rollout started on 17 February.
Presenting to parliament on Tuesday (23 February), Mkhize said that the country is on course to complete the first 40,000 of these vaccinations by Wednesday (24 February) – one week later.
He added that the next batch of 80,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccines will arrive this Saturday, 27 February 2021.
Commenting on the government’s vaccine strategy up until now, Mkhize said that South Africa was ‘never asleep’.
“We chose a strategy that was guided by science as we did not have the financial muscle to make unhedged bets. Our approach has paid off as we have been able to be nimble and precise around the tricky issue of the variant.