The Minister of Health, Dr Zwelini Mkhize, is addressing the media on South Africa’s response following calls for the temporary suspension of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine in the United States of America.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has called for an immediate halt of Phase 1 of the vaccine rollout in the country, which focuses on vaccinating healthcare workers.
Lobby group AfriForum says it has instructed its legal team to serve the Department of Health with an application under the Promotion of Access to Information Act, regarding government's procurement of COVID-19 vaccines.
Government has been widely criticised for being inefficient as well as lacking transparency and accountability in its vaccine roll-out programme.
The South African Health Products Authority (SAHPRA) has sought to allay fears overtaking a vaccine against the coronavirus, saying the jab's positive effects outweigh the risks.
Department of Science & Innovation Director-General, Dr. Phil Mjwara says he hopes an announcement will be made in the next 18 months on how far it is in terms of ensuring locally manufactured vaccines.
South Africans have expressed concern about South Africa's procurement of more than 50-million doses of COVID-19 vaccines.
The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) says officials are reviewing the efficacy of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine and China's Sinovac vaccine.
Unit Director of the HIV Prevention Research Unit at the South African Medical Research Council, Professor Ameena Goga, says they expect to have concluded with the Johnson and Johnson vaccine Sisonke protocol study by the end of April and first week in May.
Labour union, Nehawu, has raised concerns about the delays in the delivery of procured vaccines by suppliers.
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says government has secured agreements for 51 million doses of vaccine doses from pharmaceutical Johnson and Johnson to combat COVID-19.
Health Minister Doctor Zweli Mkhize is today expected to make an important announcement on the arrival of more batches of vaccines in the country.
The Democratic Alliance has called on government to stop celebrating its procurement of coronavirus vaccines and instead focus on improving the implementation pace of its rollout programme.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) says the proposed vaccine passports may lead to some countries being victims of travel bans.
There is a link between AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine and very rare blood clots in the brain but the possible causes are still unknown, a senior official for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said in an interview published on Tuesday.
Western Cape Premier, Alan Winde, says provincial health officials are continuing in their attempts to procure more coronavirus vaccines.
Although the department has already vaccinated about 85% of healthcare workers across the province in a month and a half, unions maintain the rollout needs to be expedited to move to the next phase of vaccinating the public.
The Presiding Officer of the Methodist Church Bishop Purity Malinga says the availability of vaccines against the coronavirus is a sign of hope and one of the good news stories to tell this Easter.
Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba says he is concerned about government's slow COVID-19 vaccine rollout programme, especially in poor and marginalised communities, where corruption has left healthcare systems fragile.
Anglican Archbishop of Southern Africa Thabo Makgoba says it is possible for the pharmaceutical industry in Africa to develop vaccines instead of importing more.
South Africa’s health regulator has approved the Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, paving the way for large-scale deliveries government has put at the heart of its immunisation plans.
COVID-19 vaccination programmes have taken off across Africa, with specific focus on healthcare workers to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.
The World Trade Organisation has called on pharmaceutical firms, manufacturing the COVID-19 vaccine, to make enough for everyone in the world or voluntarily hand their technology to developing countries.
The Department of Health is awaiting confirmation from the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine producers on the date in which South Africa will receive its first batch of the Pfizer jab, says Health Minister Zweli Mkhize.
The Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, is giving an update on the Johnson & Johnson clinical trials, vaccines procurement, and progress on the vaccination roll-out programme.
The vaccine is being produced at the Aspen manufacturing facility in Gqeberha, in the Eastern Cape. President and his deputy David Mabuza visited the facility to assess the progress made so far.
Johnson & Johnson is to supply up to 220 million doses of its single-shot COVID-19 vaccine to the African Union's 55 member states from the third quarter of 2021, the drugmaker said on Monday.
The Eastern Cape government is intensifying its vaccination rollout plan with the opening of the ninth vaccination site in the province at the Cecilia Makhiwane Hospital in Mdantsane.
The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention says the AstraZeneca vaccines that South Africa sold to the African Union have now been distributed to other countries across the continent.
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says the global coronavirus vaccine rollout has suffered a major blow due to high demand of vaccines throughout the world.