- Mzansi is expected to have vaccinated about 70% of the adult population against Covid-19 in mid-2022
- Global statistics show that South Africa is set for national inoculation in mid-2022
- The vaccination timeline for large parts of Africa is expected to stretch into 2023
Global statistics show that Mzansi is set for national inoculation by mid-2022. According to a map showing global vaccine timeline, South Africa is expected to have vaccinated 60% to 70% of their adult population against the coronavirus by mid-2022.
South African government officials welcomed the first batch of one million Covid-19 doses from India on Monday, 1 February. According to the stats, in many of the world’s developing nations, including large parts of Africa, the vaccination timeline is expected to extend into 2023.
The cheap and easy-to-store AstraZeneca variety will be given out to poorer countries through the Covax initiative. Russia, India and China are also vying for contracts for their vaccine varieties.
According to statista.com, the United Kingdom (UK) has been getting ahead of its European peers in vaccination speed but has been accused of being favoured by AstraZeneca.
The website reports that AstraZeneca's vaccine was developed together with the University of Oxford in the UK. A new report by The Economist Intelligence Unit shows that in many countries it will take years before a majority of the adult population has been vaccinated against the deadly virus.
The report also states that while the Chinese vaccine by Sinopharm has already been approved in Egypt and is also expected to go to Peru, Morocco and Hungary, another Chinese variety, Sinovac, will deliver large volumes to Indonesia, Brazil, Chile, Turkey and the Philippines.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that foreigners living in South Africa will also be vaccinated for Covid-19. The president addressed the nation on Monday night, 1 February.
Ramaphosa addressed Mzansi a few hours after he and other government officials welcomed the first batch of 1 million Covid-19 vaccines from India. Ramaphosa expressed that government will be putting measures in place to deal with the challenge of "undocumented migrants" in order to record and track their vaccination history. He said:
"We aim to make the vaccine available to all adults living in South Africa, regardless of their citizenship or residence status."
Ramaphosa also explained that no one will be forced to take the vaccine against their will. .
Briefly.co.za also reported that the Ndlovu Youth Choir took to social media on Monday, 1 February and encouraged Mzansi citizens to take the vaccine.
The finalists of America's Got Talent took to Twitter and shared a music video of their new song titled Jaba Jaba. The talented Mzansi choir captioned their post:
"Now that the vaccines are here, let’s encourage one another to get the jab and do the #JabaJaba titled Jaba Jaba."
The song encourages citizens to get vaccinated in order to get back to the groove. Check out some of the lyrics of the choir's track below:
"To get the party going strong, people dancing all night long - Get vaccinated! Get the jab so we can jive, to get back to the groove after lockdown's got you down - Get vaccinated!"
The majority of social media users who commented on the choir's post dragged them for pushing "government propaganda". They questioned the timing of the release of the track. Some tweeps praised the choir for dropping the song on the day Mzansi received the first batch of Covid-19 vaccines.
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