Sixty-thousand more doses of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines arrived at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International airport today, 20 March, reported IOL. The shots were flown in from Europe and quickly whisked away by heavily armed police to a storage facility.
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize revealed on Friday that more than 180 000 frontline workers in South Africa had been vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Last month, President Cyril Ramaphosa said that South Africa had secured enough Covid-19 vaccine doses to administer 43-million jabs by the end of 2021.
He said the government has secured 11-million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 20-million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, and is in the process of securing 12-million vaccine doses from Covax.
However, a question of honesty has been raised as vaccine targets are admittedly going to be missed. The government has failed to provide further information – why, or by how much?