SA working with other countries to ensure speedy development of a vaccine: Mkhize

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Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says South Africa is fully committed to participating in the process of developing a vaccine for the coronavirus.

Mkhize says a number of countries are working together to ensure the speedy development of a vaccine for the virus.

“Almost 130 countries are working together to try and source one of the successful. In that process, we have actually put a commitment and we are finalising our participation in terms of some payments that need to be put down. Anyone who is not part of that process must now rely on bilateral agreements. Now, we are not relying on bilateral agreements because we think that the risk is much higher.”

In conversation with Dr Zweli Mkhize on SA’s COVID-19 latest statistics: 

Earlier in the United States, the head of the coronavirus vaccine programme, Dr Moncef Slaoui, said the first immunisation could start as early as the 11th of next month.

He added that the plan is to immunise two-thirds of the US population by May next year, using at least four of the six vaccines for which approval is being sought.