First batch of Pfizer vaccines lands in South Africa

May 3, 2021

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The 325 000 shots arrived in the country last night.

South Africa’s Minister of Health confirmed that the country’s first batch of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines have arrived on Sunday evening. The shipment contains a little more than 325 000 jabs. The vaccines are currently at the National Control Laboratory for quality assurance testing. The government ordered a total of 1.3 million vaccines from the pharmaceutical giant. A similar-sized shipment is expected from Pfizer on a weekly basis until the order is fulfilled (likely by the end of May). South Africa’s vaccines rollout has been slow. Recently, elderly citizens could start registering to receive their shots, however, it appears that only 10% of eligible South Africans have actually registered thus far.