South Africa has marked one year since recording the first case of Covid-19. Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize said the past year has been tough for government.
The Health Minister paid a visit to a hospital in KwaZulu Natal, where he spoke about the progress that government has made since the first case was detected in South Africa.
“On this day one year ago, we received the shocking news and we look back at the year and thank South Africans for the fearless manner in which they approached the fight against the virus,” said Mkhize.
KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala, said KZN was the first province to record a positive Covid-19 case.
Although the country has made some progress since then, Zikalala is certain the fight against Covid-19 is far from over.
“We are not out of the woods yet; we must be responsible. We are not out of this pandemic. We must ensure we fight fake news and disinformation,” said the Premier.
The vaccine rollout is expected to combat against the spread of Covid-19, as government aims to achieve herd immunity.
“We want to say to South Africans, the country is on course. We don’t have the same fear we had a year ago. Our health workers are currently receiving vaccines,” said Minister Mkhize.
The rollout will be happening in three phases:
Phase 1: all health sector workers
Phase 2: essential workers Persons in congregate settings Persons over 60 years Persons over 18 years with Co morbidities
Phase 3: other persons over 18 years
A total of 11 million vaccines have been secured from Johnson&Johnson, and more are expected from Pfizer and the COVAX facility.
"We have also secured 20 million doses from Pfizer, which will be delivered from the second quarter. Additionally, we have secured 12 million vaccine doses from the COVAX facility and are in the process of finalising our dose allocation from the African Union.
"We are in constant contact with various other vaccine manufacturers to ensure that we have the necessary quantities of vaccines when we need them." said President Cyril Ramaphosa.