- Thousands of Covid-19 vaccines arrived in South Africa a plane landed at OR Tambo International Airport
- The arrival of the vaccines will help protect South Africans from the virus as the rollout continues
- South Africans were happy that the vaccines arrived but some have questioned the cost of delivery of the vaccines
The second batch of Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines have arrived in South Africa on Saturday morning.
The plane landed, carrying thousands of doses of the vaccine which will help protect South African citizens from the virus and begin to move the country out of lockdown.
"South Africa's second tranche of Johnson&Johnson #COVID19 vaccines have touched down at OR Tambo Int! It comes as the majority of initial doses received two weeks ago have been administered to healthcare workers via the #SisonkeProject. #VaccineRollOutSA"
The government also posted an official message of the vaccines' arrival in the country.
"Second delivery of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at OR Tambo International Airport in Gauteng.
The consignment will be moved to a secure facility before being distributed to the various vaccine centres in all provinces. #SisonkeProject #VaccineRollOutSA"
Here is what South Africans thought about the arrival of the vaccines:
Paco Alex Hime:
"R5 million jolly ride to collect vaccines. No passengers, yet a full flight crew on a business rescue SAA gas guzzler at R200 000 per hour - most expensive vaccines in the world. Piggy backing a commercial flight could have have cost a few thousand!"
Jama Ka Sjadu:
"Ohh I like what I see at least there’s hope that things will get back to normal "
"With 65000 grateful health workers vaccinated already the vaccination is well underway for the rest. And then the rollout to teachers essential workers and the elderly to reduce hospitalisation and mortality. We are grateful to all responsible. I for one look forward to receiving the jab and have already registered on the Electronic Data Management system. I will be informed by text message when it is my turn. A massive ambitious project to register 40 million adults over 14 months. I know because I listen when the Department of Health professionals are interviewed."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says that 1.1 million South Africans will receive the Covid-19 vaccine by the end of March. Mkhize said that authorities might have to inoculate more people than the original figure of 40 million.
This has to be done in order to achieve her immunity. Mkhize was addressing the National Council of Provinces on South Africa when he added that more than 32 000 health workers had received the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) jab so far.
The J&J vaccine rollout has been in place since last week with the Pfizer vaccine expected to arrive in the country soon.
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