Hope For South Africa As First Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout Underway

President Cyril Ramaphosa and Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize, together with some healthworkers present at the Khayelitsha Hospital, were given their doses of the first Covid-19 Johnson & Johnson vaccine on February 17, 2021. Thousands of health workers across the country began training in January in anticipation of the vaccines arrival in the country. There was widespread concern after the AstraZeneca vaccine proved not to be strong enough in the fight against the 501Y.V2 variant of the novel coronavirus. It was then that Johnson & Johnson reassured government that it could provide a supply, replacing the 1,2 million AstraZeneca doses. The single-dose vaccines will be used to vaccinate frontline healthcare workers in both the private and public sectors. South Africa has the most reported cases on the continent - 1,494,119 - over 3,332,815 recoveries and more than 48,313 people have died.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa joins healthcare workers in receiving the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccination.

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