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newsBL Premium reports that the government’s plans to vaccinate healthcare workers against the coronavirus received a major boost on Wednesday, with news that it will receive 3.1-million doses of Covid-19 vaccines from Covax.  

More than half a million doses are expected to be delivered by the end of March.  The government hopes to inoculate 1.25-million healthcare workers in the first phase of its national vaccination strategy, but until now only enough shots have been confirmed to cover half that number.  If all goes according to plan, Covax will deliver enough vaccine doses to cover another 281,000 health-care workers by the end of the first quarter, taking the total past 1-million.  Covax was launched in April 2020 to try to ensure equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines and is jointly led by the World Health Organization, the global vaccine alliance Gavi, and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations.  It published its first interim distribution plan on Wednesday, showing that SA’s share of the initial 337-million vaccine doses it has secured on behalf of 92 low- and middle-income countries includes 2.976-million doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine and 117,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech shot.  Both are double-shot regimens.  To date only 1-million doses of AstraZeneca’s two-shot regimen have arrived in SA from its licensee, the Serum Institute of India.  Another 500,000 are expected from the institute later in February, but that will take the initial coverage up to a maximum of 750,000 people.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Tamar Kahn at BusinessLive (paywall access only)

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