Government aims to reach 12 million administered vaccinates by next week: Ntshavheni

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Former Acting Minister in the Presidency, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, says government is hoping to vaccinate 12 million people by next week.

Over 8 million vaccines have been administered so far. Ntshavheni who is the new Communications and Digital Technologies Minister and takes over from Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams told the media in Pretoria following a cabinet meeting that government was committed to vaccinating all those who were eligible to get a vaccine in South Africa.

“Cabinet noted the significant decline in infections our cases in South Africa after the country officially surpassed the peak of the third wave,” says Ntshavheni.

Ntshavheni says the  Western Cape this week announced that it has reached the peak of the wave.

“Cabinet reiterated its call to all people of South Africa to continuing to adhering to prevention protocols,”says Ntshavheni.

Newly-appointed Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla is expected to brief media on SA’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout programme on Friday morning.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases says 458 people have succumbed to COVID-19 related complications in the latest reporting period, taking the overall death toll to the virus to 73 873.

It says 13 777 people tested positive for the coronavirus in the 24 hour period with almost 62 000 tests being conducted.