S. Africa starts vaccinating healthcare workers


JOHANNESBURG, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) — South Africa’s healthcare workers have been vaccinated against COVID-19 at the Khayelitsha Hospital, Cape Town on Wednesday.

This officially marks the start of the country’s vaccination program, said Health Minister Zweli Mkhize.

The vaccine they used are from Johnson & Johnson of which South Africa received late Tuesday night at the OR Tambo airport.

The Johnson vaccine would be able to treat patients with 501Y.V2 variant which has become dominant in a number of provinces.

Mkhize said the AstraZeneca vaccine which arrived in January would be offered to the African Union (AU) due to its limited efficacy against the dominant variant.

He said South Africa would receive 9 million of doses from Johnson & Johnson in total. With 80,000 have arrived yesterday, 500,000 are set for arrival in March. Enditem


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