According to local media reports, South Africa may receive the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines provided by the “COVID-19 Vaccine Implementation Plan” in early 2021, but the number of vaccines will only meet 3% of the South African population, which is far from the 10% vaccination rate of the whole population, South African President Ramaphosa said recently.
Because the South African government missed the payment deadline for the purchase of vaccines from the COVID-19 Vaccine Implementation Plan on the 15th of this month, it is uncertain whether the first batch of vaccines can successfully arrive in South Africa.
In this regard, the South African government said that it will coordinate with the COVID-19 Vaccine Implementation Plan and actively arrange funds to be paid as soon as possible. Compared with some countries ordering vaccines directly from vaccine manufacturers, South Africa is lagging far behind.
On the 20th, local time, 10,939 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 254 deaths were reported in South Africa.
Recently, South African medical experts found through gene sequencing that the COVID-19 virus in South Africa has mutated and is “making young and healthy people seriously ill”. German and other governments also A travel ban is under consideration for South Africa.