South Africa asks COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers to delay delivery

South Africa has requested manufacturers of COVID-19 vaccines to delay delivery till subsequent year because the nation has adequate stock, the Health Ministry stated on Wednesday.

Department of Health spokesperson Foster Mohale stated the nation has shares to final it the following three months.

“Our priority is demand creation to encourage more people to vaccinate ahead of the festive period. We are accelerating our efforts to reach more people ahead of the anticipated 4th wave to minimize its impact,” stated Mohale.

The authorities has been battling vaccine hesitancy and has been pulling out all of the stops to increase the rate of administered doses. It launched weekend vaccines drives, pop-up vaccination centres, and partnered with group and conventional leaders to encourage extra South Africans to get vaxxed.

Vaccine hesitancy struggle continues

The newest official statistics present that 35 % of South Africans are absolutely vaccinated.  The authorities had set a goal of vaccinating 70 % of the grownup inhabitants by year-end.

“We may not meet the 70% target by the look of things, but we will double our efforts to come closer to it,” he stated.

Mohale emphasised that delaying delivery wouldn’t end in a scarcity of vaccines afterward and that there was sufficient stock to deal with any potential uptick in demand.

There is greater than sufficient stock

“We can vaccinate 30 percent  (of South Africans needed to reach the 70 percent target)  and another 20 percent.  As long as people come forward, we will never run out of vaccines, based on the current stock levels l,” he informed Health-e News.

He didn’t say when deliveries would happen however manufacturers can be notified when the necessity arises. South Africa is at present administering the J&J and the Pfizer vaccine to the inhabitants.

We gained’t wait till the final minute, we monitor stock ranges often”, he stated.

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