Tebogo Msimanga |
The Acting Minister of Health Mmamoloko Kubayi together with the Deputy Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla, on Saturday evening, welcomed the first batch of 2.8 million Pfizer vaccine doses from the American Government. This is part of the commitment made by the US to donate COVID-19 vaccines to South Africa and other countries on the continent.
Minister Kubayi said the donation will contribute to the country’s expanded vaccination programme which is fast gaining momentum to reach more people. The vaccines would also be distributed to other countries in the continent through the African Union Commission
“On behalf of our government and the people of South Africa, we appreciate the donation from the American Government, led by President Joe Biden. This was a commitment made to President Cyril Ramaphosa as African Union Champion on Coronavirus COVID-19 and establishment of Commission on African COVID-19 response, to ensure equal access to vaccines as we collectively wage the war against the pandemic,” said Minister Kubayi.
She added that South Africans know they can count on the United States, as a friend and partner, to support their efforts to fight the pandemic and get their economy back on track.”