Ruling on Ivermectin as South Africa Charts Covid-19 Vaccine Path

In a far-reaching court order issued by the Gauteng High Court, allowing doctors to also legally prescribe small batches of custom-made medicine containing ivermectin for the treatment of Covid-19, the South African Health Regulatory Authority was also instructed to report on any new developments around the drug to a judge every three months, writes Estelle Ellis for Daily Maverick.

This comes as the nation signed a deal for the procurement of 20 million doses of Pfizer vaccines which - in addition to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine agreement - will set the stage for a significant and rapid expansion of the country's Covid-19 vaccination programme, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize believes.

As of April 7, 2021 the nation has recorded 1,552,853 confirmed cases of Covid-19 of which 53,032 were fatal and 1,478,820 resulted in recoveries. The number of vaccinations administered to date total 272,438.

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First Johnson and Johnson vaccines arrive in South Africa (file photo).

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