The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) says it is at an advanced stage of reviewing an emergency use application for Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine.
The SAPS says more arrests are imminent as authorities have seized hundreds of fake COVID-19 vaccines following a global alert issued by Interpol.
The African Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (Africa CDC) Dr Nicaise Ndemi says Africa is making remarkable progress in its vaccine rollout programs.
Professor of Vaccinology at the University of the Witwatersrand says the government should use the doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Deputy Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla says the government has not prevented the private sector from purchasing coronavirus vaccines.
Deputy President David Mabuza says government is working on improving South Africa's capability to produce coronavirus vaccines. He was visiting the Biovac Institute in Midrand, Johannesburg, where the coronavirus vaccines are being kept.
Lobby group Afriforum says government has admitted that there are no legal restrictions to prevent the private sector from purchasing COVID-19 vaccines.
Gauteng Premier David Makhura says it is would be misleading to think a province can directly procure COVID-19 vaccines from pharmaceutical companies.
Afriforum’s Ernst Van Zyl says allowing the private sector to purchase and distribute the vaccines would make the country's rollout more efficient and corruption-free.
The second batch of Johnson and Johnson vaccines have been delivered to the Northern Cape Department of Health.
Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize is attending a virtual panel discussion hosted by Wits University on the COVID-19 vaccine.
A US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory panel voted unanimously on Sunday to recommend Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 shot for widespread use, a final clearance for the vaccine a day after it was authorized by US regulators.
This takes the number of the total doses the country has received in the first phase of government's rollout programme to 160 000.
The US Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved storage and transportation of COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc and German partner BioNTech SE at standard freezer temperatures for up to two weeks instead of ultra-cold conditions.
Pfizer and BioNTech say they are testing a third dose of their COVID-19 vaccine to better understand the immune response against new variants of the virus.
The first big real-world study of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to be independently reviewed shows the shot is highly effective at preventing COVID-19, in a potentially landmark moment for countries desperate to end lockdowns and reopen economies.
South Africa remains at the forefront of efforts at the World Trade Organisation to trigger waivers that would temporarily suspend patent laws that are limiting the global production of COVID-19 vaccines and other medical products.
Chief economist at Investec, Annabel Bishop, says a possible R100 Billion underestimation in tax revenue collections may provide the extra cash that government needs to fund its vaccine roll-out programme.
President Cyril Ramaphosa says countries in the global south should be empowered through the transfer of medical technology to assist in the fight against COVID-19 and this would allow African and other developing countries to join in the manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccines.
Economists say Finance Minister Tito Mboweni is unlikely to increase taxes in order to finance the country's vaccine rollout programme.
President Cyril Ramaphosa says countries in the global south should be empowered through the transfer of medical technology to assist in the fight against COVID-19.
Western Cape Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo says over 3 000 health workers have received the vaccine jab in the province so far.
The Chief Medical Advisor to United States (US) President Joe Biden says developing countries like South Africa should work to shore up their capacity around vaccine development for future pandemics.
Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande says he is concerned about the readiness of some KwaZulu-Natal hospitals to rollout the COVID-19 vaccine. This comes after Nzimande, who is part of the Ministerial Vaccination Committee, visited Edendale Hospital in Pietermaritzburg.
The Right2Know Campaign in Gauteng says the Department of Health is failing to effectively rollout the vaccination programme to healthcare workers at the forefront of battling COVID-19.
Africa marked the move from planning to action in the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines at the WHO hosted African Health Ministers meeting, as a rapid vaccine rollout is expected in the wake of the WHO listing of two versions of the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) says there's no point in proceeding with its court challenge against government now that the COVID-19 vaccination plan has been released.
Somali cattle herder Omar Hussein isn't joining the global scramble for a COVID-19 vaccine; he's not sure the jab will even reach his besieged town in southwestern Somalia.
The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) says there's growing enthusiasm among health care workers now that government has rolled out the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
The Head of the Department of Health, in the province, was the first senior government official to be vaccinated.