South Africa will administer its first COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday. The first shot will be given at Khayelitsha District Hospital in Cape Town. President Cyril Ramaphosa will get the shot alongside health workers. South Africa switched to the one-shot J&J vaccine after pausing the rollout of AstraZeneca’s two-dose vaccine. The decision has added to skepticism among some South Africans about the vaccines.
South Africa has recorded about 1.5 million coronavirus infections and over 48,000 deaths, the most on the African continent. It is not clear whether two-thirds of the population will achieve some level of herd immunity, as originally planned. AstraZeneca says it believes its vaccine protects against severe COVID.19. The government says it could sell or swap its Astra Zeneca doses for the J &J shot.
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