JOHANNESBURG, 3 May 2021 – South Africa has taken delivery of the first batch of 325,260 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, the health ministry has confirmed.
The batch, delivered Sunday night, is part of a grand total of 4.5 million doses that Pfizer will deliver to South Africa by June 2021.
South Africa will receive the same number of doses each week going forward, according to the country’s health minister, Zweli Mkhize.
“The vaccine supply will increase to an average of 636,480 doses weekly from 31 May which will see us accumulating close to 4.5 million doses by the end of June”, Mkhize told reporters.
South African officials say they have secured 30 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine.
Last April, the Rainbow Nation’s health regulator approved the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine and the government of President Cyril Ramaphosa said it has ordered 31 million doses of the J&J vaccine.
Meantime, South Africa resumed vaccinations using the J&J vaccines after briefly suspending them over concerns that, in rare cases, it led to blood clots.
So far, South Africa has vaccinated 318,670 people.
As of Monday, a total of 1.58 million cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed in South Africa where 54,417 people have died from complications arising from their being sickened by the virus.