Health Minister Zweli Mkhize briefs media on COVID-19 vaccine

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize briefs media on the governments plan on the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines. He says the government is looking for specific elements in the vaccines.

“What we are looking at is which vaccine has got good efficacy and is available and is it affordable. And if you put all of those factors together, it will be a matter of which one is available.

Zweli Mkhize

You might find that a particular vaccine is cheap, easy to administer, with easy logistics, and is affordable but it’s not available yet and yet we want to get some vaccines now. So, that means going to the back of the queue until it’s available.

Health workers and the vulnerable in society will be among the first to receive a vaccine to combat the coronavirus.

“What we can say to South Africans is that our first target, once we get the vaccines, will be the health workers and the vulnerable groups. When we are ready with all of that information we will make it public. At the moment there is a lot of behind the scenes work and negotiations and we will only announce once we are ready with it,” says the minister.

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Health Minister Zweli Mkhize