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Coronavirus: Africa to receive 270 million vaccine doses — Ramaphosa

South Africa to ease virus restrictions after ‘dramatic decline’

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday said the country will start relaxing coronavirus restrictions, moving from alert level three down to level one, after a “dramatic decline” in infections. The easing of the measures, due to begin at midnight, will see most economic activity resume as the country moves to rebuild its virus-shattered economy.
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South African Govt boosts spending on vaccination programme

South Africa receives second batch of Johnson & Johnson vaccines

South Africa on Saturday received its second consignment of Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines, the health minister said, as the continent’s hardest-hit country scrambles to shore up its inoculation drive. The country of almost 59 million people, which has seen nearly 50,000 succumb to the virus, has been widely criticised for a slow procurement of vaccines
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South Africa experiences heavy rains, floods

South Africa to boost spending on vaccine, job creation

South Africa’s government on Wednesday announced plans to allocate $688 million for coronavirus vaccines and $756 million to boost youth employment, to counter economic setbacks brought by the pandemic. Finance Minister Tito Mboweni unveiled the 2021 fiscal spending plans in an annual national budget speech to parliament. Money is particularly short for the South African
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One in two South Africans has had Covid-19 ― Studies, Statisticians

Around half of South Africa’s population is thought to have contracted Covid-19, studies and statisticians say, suggesting the virus has claimed tens of thousands more lives than officially recorded. The nation worst hit by coronavirus in Africa has registered more than 140,000 excess natural deaths since May 2020, according to the South African Medical Research
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South Africa arrests bigwigs over Mandela’s funeral graft scandal

South Africa’s elite police on Friday arrested over a dozen members of the governing party, including a provincial minister, over the theft of funds earmarked for Nelson Mandela’s funeral eight years ago. Fifteen suspects, including the current health minister for Eastern Cape province, Sindiswa Gomba, who was then a municipal councillor, as well as African National
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South African Govt boosts spending on vaccination programme

South Africa open to sell or swap AstraZeneca vaccines ― Minister

South Africa is considering trading its doses of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine, which may be less effective against a local virus variant, and beginning its inoculation campaign with Johnson & Johnson shots instead, the health minister said Wednesday. The nation has suspended its vaccine rollout — meant to begin with Oxford/AstraZeneca this week — after a
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South African Govt boosts spending on vaccination programme

South Africa opts for Johnson & Johnson vaccine ― Minister

South Africa will begin its coronavirus inoculation campaign with Johnson & Johnson vaccines, the health minister said on Wednesday, after withholding the Oxford/AstraZeneca formula over doubts about effectiveness. The country worst-hit by the pandemic in Africa has suspended its vaccine rollout — meant to begin with Oxford/AstraZeneca this week — after scientists found the shot
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