Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize announced that the Serum Institute of India had reimbursed South Africa for 500,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine that had never been delivered.
Mkhize visited the vaccination sites at Charlotte Maxeke University Hospital in Johannesburg on Thursday, April 8, 2021.
“Today I am happy to report that our finance department has confirmed that the Serum Institute of India has fully reimbursed us for the remaining 500,000 doses that had not yet been delivered and that the funds are in our bank account. “, did he declare.
“So this closes the deal, without incurring unnecessary and unnecessary expense and we continue to engage Astra Zeneca as they continue their research and development for the next generation vaccine, which can hopefully treat the 501Y variant. V2 and other lines ”
The government bought 1.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine earlier this year, but then found itself in a bit of a sticky situation after a study found it would not be as effective against the dominant strain of COVID-19.
Mkhize later revealed that they had managed to sell the million doses that had already arrived in the country – but the remaining 500,000 vials were still in India.
Mkhize: SA secures 51 million COVID-19 vaccines
Zweli Mkhize assured healthcare workers that their well-being remains most important to them as a government.
“Your protection is absolutely paramount and we continue to fight every day to accelerate towards our goals and to ensure that we complete the first phase on time that we are committed to meeting,” said Mkhize.
The country is expected to receive a combined total of 51 million vaccines – 20 million from Pfizer and 31 million from Johnson and Johnson. The minister added that this means the government can move forward with its mass deployment campaign, which is officially due to begin at the end of phase one in mid-May.
“In line with our goals of immunizing all healthcare workers by the end of phase one, and in keeping with the timelines we have committed to for phases two and three, we are pleased to report that Johnson and Johnson have confirmed that we will receive 1,099,200 doses this month. The exact delivery date is currently awaiting quality assurance processes, the documentation of which has already been submitted to the authorities yesterday, April 7, 2021 “
Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize
SA reimbursed for 500,000 AstraZeneca vaccines not delivered
SourceSA reimbursed for 500,000 AstraZeneca vaccines not delivered