JOHANNESBURG, 10 January 2021 – South Africa will receive 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses by end February, the country’s health ministry said Thursday in a statement.

The intial one million doses from the Serum Institute of India (SII) will become available this month with an additional 500,000 doeses delivered in February 2021.

Funeral for South African COVID-19 Victims

Funeral for South African COVID-19 Victims – Photo Agencia EFE

Some 1.25 million healthcare workers working in both private and public hospitals will be top priority recipients of the vaccines, the health ministry statement said.

SA Health Minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize

South African Health Minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize – Photo News24

South African health officials confirmed that Wednesday was the highest single deadliest day in the country, with 844 deaths according to a statement by Health Minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize.

Last Wednesday was also the highest single-day of coronavirus new cases, with no fewer than 21,800 new cases detected.

South Africa has so far recorded 1.2 million COVID-19 cases – the most by any African country – with no fewer than 32,824 fatalities.

Some 957,000 people in have fully recovered from the virus in South Africa.

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