- The national government is proposing that doctors and nurses who work in clinics should not get the vaccine first
- The KZN provincial government does not agree and MEC Nomagug Simelane-Zulu said that the clinics are the first place sick people go
- South Africa will soon receive its first 1 000 000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine which will be administered to frontline healthcare workers
The national government has floated a plan to remove doctors and nurses who work in clinics to removed from the list of those who are first in line to get the vaccine.
KwaZulu-Natal MEC Nomagug Simelane-Zulu revealed this during a briefing and said that the KZN provincial government did not agree with the plan.
She said that when people get sick, their first port of call is the clinics which expose the staff working there to diseases, particularly Covid-19 according to The Witness.
The government will be receiving its first batch of one million vaccines which will be followed up by a further 500 000 doses which would be used to vaccinate the country's 1.2 million frontline medical workers.
This batch will be received from the Serum Institute in India, currently the world's largest vaccine producer.
Ramaphosa announced that the campaign will be arranged in a phased approach on Monday:
"It will signal the start of a mass vaccination campaign that will be the most ambitious and extensive in our country’s history. It will reach all parts of the country and will be phased to ensure that those most in need are prioritised."
In other news, President Cyril Ramaphosa has delivered a virtual State of the World Address to the World Economic Forum on Tuesday.
Ramaphosa revealed the outlook for SA's economic recovery amidst the Covid-19 pandemic and explored the African Union's achievements as its current and outgoing Chairperson.
During his address, Ramaphosa noted that the Coronavirus crisis had deepened inequality:
"We must forge a new path and a new design to a world that is just, peaceful, cohesive, resilient and sustainable."
The President says that the pandemic had highlighted the importance of multilateral institutions, working together and facilitating common responses to universal challenges.
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