South Africa has secured enough COVID-19 vaccines for at least 26 million people, the country’s health minister said Friday, as reported in the National Post.
South Africa plans to start inoculations soon, after receiving its first million doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine from the Serum Institute of India this week.
Health minister Zweli Mkhize said it would take about three months to complete the first phase of the vaccination program focused on healthcare workers. The next phase, which includes people over 60, essential workers and those with comorbidities, could take six months.
The country expects to receive another 500,000 doses from the Serum Institute in the coming weeks, as well as 12 million from the COVAX facility, 20 million from Pfizer and 9 million from Johnson & Johnson .
According to a health ministry presentation, the J&J vaccine would cost $10 per dose. It also said Moderna had offered 200,000 vaccine doses at $30-$42 a shot in the second quarter, with more available in the third quarter.
Mkhize added that the country has also held talks with Chinese companies Sinovac and Sinopharm and Russia’s Gamaleya Institute.