Sumary of South Africa buys 20 mln doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine:
- South Africa has signed an agreement to buy 20 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech dual-shot COVID-19 vaccine, a senior government official said on Tuesday, boosting plans to ramp up vaccinations from this month..
- The first batch from Pfizer is expected to arrive later in April, Anban Pillay, deputy director-general at the Department of Health, told Reuters..
- He said he was not allowed to disclose the price, but another person involved in vaccine negotiations said it was roughly $10 a dose..
- With the J&J and Pfizer deals, the government will have enough vaccines for 41 million people, out of its population of around 60 million..
- It has also made a down payment for up to 12 million doses from the COVAX Facility, the global vaccine distribution scheme co-led by the World Health Organization and partners including the Gavi vaccines alliance..
- It is not clear whether the doses from COVAX and the AU would be of a single-shot vaccine, a dual-shot one or a mix of both….