- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has laughed off the suggestion that Mogoeng Mogoeng warded off the AstraZeneca vaccine
- The Chief Justice has made waves when he prayed against a 'devil vaccine'
- However, Mkhize says that the controversial vaccine is far from evil
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has laughed off the suggestions that Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng warded off the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Mogoeng had previously prompted outrage when he prayed against vaccines of the 'devil'.
However, Mkhize insists that the vaccine in question is far from evil while speaking during a media briefing:
“I did listen to Justice Mogoeng talking about the vaccine from the devil. I must say that I think in a particular language you can say so, but as far as I am concerned none of these vaccines are coming from the devil."
Mkhize says that Mogoeng had not specifically called out the AstraZeneca vaccine in his prayer:
“Therefore I wouldn’t expect that God would actually act on a vaccine in SA while this vaccine is doing well in London, India, Europe and everywhere else.”
The Minister says that the prayer was a 'religious expression' and assured the nation that the vaccine isn't dangerous:
“AstraZeneca has not shown to be dangerous. It’s not dangerous. The issue is its efficacy against the new variant."
In addition to this, Mkhize pointed out the numerous religious leaders were set to take the vaccine in question.
“We shouldn’t mix the two issues as such. It was more of a religious expression to assure people that they would be protected and protection would come from God.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered the 2021 State of the Nation Address (SONA) on the evening of Thursday 11 February.
Ramaphosa spoke about the coronavirus pandemic and the vaccine rollout in the country.
The president stated that the AstraZeneca vaccine's low efficacy will not delay the vaccine rollout in the country, which is set to start in March.
Ramaphosa added that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is more effective against the 501Y.V2 variant, will be used.
The country has secured 9 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine with the first batch of 80 000 doses expected to arrive in the country next week.
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