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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