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31 Jul 2021
11:38 pm

Covid-19 update: Over 12k more cases detected as donated vaccines arrive

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Acting health minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane received the first batch of donated vaccines on behalf of the government at OR Tambo Airport.

Chief of Mission at US Embassy in South Africa Todd Haskell joins acting health minister Mmamoloko Kubayi to receives 2.8 Million Pfizer vaccine doses at the OR Tambo International Airport on behalf of the SA government | Picture: Twitter

As of Saturday, the National Health Department recorded 12,528 new cases and 334 deaths. This as the country welcomed the first batch of donated vaccines from the United States.

The country currently has a recovery rate of 90.8%, with Gauteng still accounting for a vast majority of cases. 

According to the NICD, the province has confirmed 861,539 Covid-19 cases, followed by the Western Cape with 400,613 cases, up from 397,198.

More than 76,849 people have died of Covid-19 in the country so far. 

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Donated American vaccines start to arrive

Acting health minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane was joined by deputy health minister Dr Joe Phaahla and US Embassy chief of mission in South Africa Todd Haskell at OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) on Saturday to receive 2.8 Million Pfizer vaccine doses on behalf of the government.

The doses were the first in a consignment of Pfizer vaccines donated to South Africa by the US government.

The next batch will arrive on Tuesday to complete the 5.6 million doses expected to contribute to the country’s expanded vaccination programme which is fast gaining momentum.

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31 July 2021: A consignment of 2.8 Million Pfizer vaccine doses at the OR Tambo International Airport | Picture: Twitter

“This contribution comes timely for us as we prepare to move to a younger age cohort of 18 in September. Today’s donation contributes to the security of supply to meet the demands we have to reach our set milestones and vaccinate a majority of the population soon,” said the department of health.

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Compiled by Kaunda Selisho