The President has revealed who will be first in line to get the vaccine once it's ready. He also spoke on when we can expect the vaccine to be completed and ready to be distributed. This family meeting, although not as harsh, was definitely one which was needed.
South Africa is set to receive initial vaccines from the COVAX facility to cover 10% of its population in the early part of 2021, said President Ramaphosa.
South Africa has concluded all the necessary processes to ensure its participation in the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Global Vaccine Access Facility. This facility – known as COVAX – pools resources and shares vaccine development risk to ensure equitable access to vaccines when they become available. As part of this facility, it is expected that South Africa will receive initial vaccines to cover 10% of our population in the early part of next year.
South Africa is also part of the African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team that is looking at alternative financing mechanisms to make sure that additional vaccines are available for African countries beyond COVAX.
Government is also looking at innovative partnerships with the private sector to ensure that South Africans have access to an effective vaccine that is suitable to local conditions. This is very important as vaccines which were developed in other countries were proven to have side effects, which weren't detrimental but could still cause panic, when brought to another country.
The next few weeks are going to be a great test of our determination and restraint. This period will require each of us to do things differently to previous years because this year is unlike any other we have lived through before.
Ramaphosa positively said, "I am convinced that if we each play our part, if we each follow the few basic precautions, then we can all have a joyful festive season – and, most importantly, we can all have a happy, healthy and prosperous new year."
As of 14 December, South Africa recorded a total of 866 127 cases of Covid-19, nearing the 900 000 mark. The country has also had 762 746 recoveries and 23 451 deaths resulting from the virus. This brings active cases to 79 930.