After the AstraZeneca vaccine proved ineffective against the new coronavirus variant, health workers will now receive the single-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine. More vaccines will also arrive sooner than expected, the health ministry announced.
On 1 February, Gauteng’s healthcare workers will be first to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. But, as President Cyril Ramaphosa’s speech to world leaders shows, securing vaccines for the rest of the country is ongoing.
As Covid-19 infections strain facilities in Gauteng, Premier David Makhura visited the hospital at the centre of the struggle against the pandemic. The wave of infections also prompted officials to reopen field hospitals.