ACCOUNTABILITY AT THE HEART OF TRUST
Article by: Dumisane Dube
South Africa will receive its first batch of vaccine on Monday, 1 February.
According to a statement issued by the presidency, President Cyril Ramaphosa and Deputy President David Mabuza, will receive South Africa’s first consignment of COVID-19 vaccine.
“The arrival of the first consignment at OR Tambo International Airport marks the start of the vaccine rollout which President Ramaphosa describes as the largest and most complex logistical vaccine undertaking in South Africa’s country’s history” reads the statement.
The presidency states that Government is coordinating the vaccine programme through the committee chaired by Deputy President (Inter-Ministerial Committee on Vaccines), which is focused on procurement, distribution, vaccination, monitoring, communication and mobilization.
“The scale of delivery is unprecedented in terms of the number of people who have to be reached within a short space of time. The aim of the vaccination programme is to achieve immunity across the population. The first phase of this rollout programme will prioritise around 1.2 million frontline health workers.” Says the presidency.
According to the statement, the details for the arrival of the Covid-19 vaccines are as follows:
Date: 01 February 2021
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