Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
Premium Journalist
3 minute read
5 Mar 2021
6:00 pm

Covax kicks off in Africa as South Africa crawls along

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

This week, shipments arrived in Covax participating countries including Kenya, Uganda,Somalia, South Sudan Angola, Lesotho, Malawi Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ethiopia and Rwanda.

Healthcare workers receiving the first batch of Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Picture: Michel Bega

At least 11 million Covid-19 vaccine doses will have been delivered by the end of this week in various African countries, via the United Nations' Covax scheme, while South Africa's Phase 1 of it's vaccine roll-out-cum-phase 3B clinical trials also picked up steam. According to The United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) regional spokesperson for Africa James Elder, the Covax roll-out program was well under way globally, although more funding was needed in order to reach the goal of 2 billion doses. "The priority at the moment is healthcare workers all over the world and that is what is happening...