Government to step up COVID-19 vaccination efforts: Mabuza

12 May 2021, 7:07 PM
Deputy President David Mabuza says government intends to step up the pace of vaccinations during phase two of the rollout plan with doses of the Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson vaccines.
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Some SA citizens concerned about where government is getting money to buy vaccines 9 April 2021, 12:45 PM

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SAHPRA reviewing efficacy of Sputnik V, Sinovac vaccines 9 April 2021, 11:33 AM

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.

Sisonke study on Johnson and Johnson vaccine expected to conclude by first week in May 9 April 2021, 6:25 AM

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.

Nehawu calls for speeding up of vaccine delivery 8 April 2021, 8:20 PM

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Next batch of J&J COVID-19 vaccine doses to arrive on Monday: Mkhize 8 April 2021, 3:51 PM

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.

Mkhize expected to make announcement about more COVID-19 vaccines for SA 8 April 2021, 10:30 AM

Health Minister Doctor Zweli Mkhize is today expected to make an important announcement on the arrival of more batches of vaccines in the country.

DA calls on government to improve pace of vaccine rollout 7 April 2021, 10:45 AM

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.  

WHO concerned about proposed vaccine passports 6 April 2021, 10:57 PM

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says the proposed vaccine passports may lead to some countries being victims of travel bans.

Clear link between AZ vaccine and rare blood clots in brain, EMA official tells paper 6 April 2021, 2:21 PM

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Western Cape forging ahead with bid to procure more coronavirus vaccines 6 April 2021, 11:18 AM

Western Cape Premier, Alan Winde, says provincial health officials are continuing in their attempts to procure more coronavirus vaccines.

N West healthcare workers’ unions lambast slow pace of COVID-19 vaccine rollout 5 April 2021, 4:40 PM

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.

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Anglican Archbishop Makgoba concerned about slow COVID-19 vaccine rollout 4 April 2021, 1:03 PM

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.

Archbishop Makgoba challenges pharmaceutical industry in Africa to develop COVID-19 vaccines 3 April 2021, 9:21 AM

Anglican Archbishop of Southern Africa Thabo Makgoba says it is possible for the pharmaceutical industry in Africa to develop vaccines instead of importing more.

SAHPRA approves J&J’s COVID-19 vaccine 2 April 2021, 8:13 AM

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.

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COVID-19 vaccination programmes have taken off across Africa, with specific focus on healthcare workers to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.  

WTO calls on COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing firms to make enough for everyone 1 April 2021, 10:46 AM

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.

Health department awaits vaccine delivery confirmation from Pfizer-BioNTech 1 April 2021, 9:13 AM

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.

VIDEO: Minister Mkhize gives an update on vaccine rollout programme 30 March 2021, 3:22 PM

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.

SA to get 30 million J&J vaccine doses in April: Ramaphosa 29 March 2021, 8:25 PM

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.

J&J in deal to supply COVID-19 vaccine to African Union member states 29 March 2021, 11:05 AM

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.

Eastern Cape government intensifying vaccine rollout amid third wave fears 26 March 2021, 5:04 PM

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.

SA’s AstraZeneca vaccine sold to AU distributed across the continent 25 March 2021, 9:55 PM

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.

COVID-19 vaccine rollout suffered major blow due to high demand: Mkhize 25 March 2021, 7:10 AM

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.