He added that the deal will be finalised within the next few days. In addition, with the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) agreement has also fully concluded.
Vaccine administration in South Africa
Significant and rapid expansion’
According to a press release, Dr Mkhize believes that the two vaccines deals now “sets the stage for a significant and rapid expansion of the country’s COVID-19 vaccination programme”.
He confirmed that the “final tranche of 200 000 Johnson & Johnson doses for the Sisonke Protocol is expected to arrive on 10 April 2021, and explained:
“These doses will take us to the last mile of the Sisonke Protocol, which is set to become one of the most seminal studies in the history of the pandemic”.
The next step, according to the health minister, would now be for South Africa to “embark on an implementation study with a limited number of Pfizer doses used among healthcare workers”.
Minister Mkhize also described the implementation study as a “valuable contribution to the science of mass vaccination”, which will lead to the success of the vaccination programme:
“In preparation for the mass vaccination campaign, we have undertaken a deep study of the Sisonke Protocol to draw lessons from the programme and enhance the efficiency of future operations”.
Minister Mkhize thanked “government officials, business partners and social partners who are working around the clock to ensure that the programme is efficient, safe and exemplary”.
He explained that the department have, “upon deeper inspection and reflection”, revised the vaccination strategy to target “the most pressing public health and economic relief” which the programme should achieve.
COVID-19 in South Africa
At the time of publishing, South Africa had a confirmed caseload of 1 552 853 cases, along with 53 032 deaths while recoveries were at 1 478 820. In addition, the total number of vaccines administered now stands at 272 438.
The latest tally showed that no deaths were recorded in KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, the North West or the Northern Cape on 6 April. In the Eastern Cape, 8 patient passed away, while 16 from the Free State and 9 from Gauteng passed away.
South Africa how has a recovery rate of 95%. As at 6 April 2021:
|Province||Total Cases in South Africa||Total Deaths||Total Recoveries||Active Cases currently|
|Eastern Cape||195 515||11 371||183 948||196|
|Free State||83 789||3 676||78 393||1 720|
|Gauteng||415 682||10 363||403 200||2 119|
|KwaZulu-Natal||334 600||10 236||318 596||5 768|
|Limpopo||63 276||2 241||60 748||287|
|Mpumalanga||75 613||1 348||73 426||839|
|North West||64 224||1 496||60 552||2 176|
|Northern Cape||36 641||825||33 009||2 807|
|Western Cape||283 513||11 476||266 948||5 089|