Cape Town – South Africa will be donating 2 030 400 doses of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines to other African countries to boost the continent’s inoculation drive.
This comes after South Africa, through the African Renaissance Fund (ARF), signed an agreement with the African Vaccination Acquisition Trust (AVAT) to make the donation.
A statement by the presidency said the donation is worth R2 886 million.
The vaccines will be produced at the Aspen Pharmacare manufacturing facility in Gqeberha and will be distributed directly to the lowest income African countries over the next year
“This donation embodies South Africa’s solidarity with our brothers and sisters on the continent with whom we are united in fighting an unprecedented threat to public health and economic prosperity.
“The only way in which we can prevent Covid-19 transmission and protect economies and societies on our continent, is to successfully immunise a critical mass of the African population with safe and effective vaccines,” said President Cyril Ramaphosa.
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Compiled by Sinothando Siyolo