Covid-19 update: Mboweni slams reports that SA missed vaccine payment

Covid-19 update: Mboweni slams reports that SA missed vaccine payment

Claims of South Africa having missed the deadline to pay R500 million to join a vaccination distribution scheme are reportedly untrue. explores the latest updates on the pandemic in SA.

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Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has set the record straight over the COVAX global Covid-19 vaccine distribution scheme.

This comes after reports circulated that South Africa had missed the deadline to pay its contribution to the scheme, omitting the nation's involvement. explores the latest updates on Covid-19 in the pandemic:

Mboweni slammed reports that SA had missed the payment as inaccurate. Image: GovernmentZA/ Flickr
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1. Mboweni denies dropping Covid-19 vaccine ball

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni says that South Africa has not missed the deadline to pay the R500 million needed to form part of the COVAX global vaccine distribution scheme.

This facility will give the nation early access to vaccines needed to protect healthcare workers on the front-line and the public from the virus.

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The Minister recently told Parliament that the state had until December 15 to make to required payment, reports SowetanLIVE.

Mboweni slammed the reports as inaccurate, calling for the right information to be distributed:

“I think it's very important that when you're an adult person, you must first inform yourself of all the facts before you open your mouth."
"So we've not missed the deadline at all. Don't go around misleading people because you are misinformed. I don't know who misinformed you. Maybe it's honourable [John] Steenhuisen who misinformed you. I feel sorry for you.”

2. Mkhize on latest statistics

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has once again provided South Africans with an update on the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a statement released by the Department of Health on Friday evening, Mkhize commented that:

"As of today, the cumulative total of COVID-19 cases is 805 804 with 4 932 new cases identified since the last report."

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In addition to the latest infections, Mkhize also reported on the number of new fatalities in the country:

"Regrettably 160 deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 69, Free State 26, Gauteng 6, Kwa-Zulu Natal 10, Limpopo 6, Northern Cape 12 and Western Cape 31. This brings the total to 21 963 deaths."

Earlier, reported that The Acting Mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, Tshonono Buyeye, has warmly welcomed Ramaphosa's announcement of a clamp down in the region.

Buyeye says that provincial authorities had actually requested an adjustment of the curfew:

“We felt that if we move the curfew and give enough time for people so that if you are seen to be outside at 12 o’clock and you can’t explain yourself as an essential worker or for any other reason, then the law enforcement can come in.”

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