By Ashok Ramsarup :: Shower of blessings have reigned in South Africa following the arrival of the first batch of the Coronavirus at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg this afternoon.
A million doses of the Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine was manufactured at the Serum Institute of India, is a bio-technology and pharmaceutical company in Pune.
India, the world’s largest democracy, was also in the forefront in the fight against the former apartheid regime.
President Cyril Ramaphosa expressed his delight on the arrival of the vaccination. Ramaphosa said people in the frontlines and the elderly would be given priority. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said
Ramaphosa and Mkhize inspected the delivery of the vaccines following the arrival at the OR Tambo International, while Deputy President David Mabuza was overseeing the roll out of the vaccine programme which is expected to start in 10 days.
Mkhize indicated that the vaccines would undergo testing before innoculations in the country.
The Consul-General of South African in Mumbai, Ms Andrea Kühn and members of the Consulate were in attendance to extend South Africa’s deep appreciation for the exceptional and professional support rendered by the Indian government, Mumbai International Airport Cargo, Expo Freight Private Limited and Emirates Airline. This milestone highlighted the solid relations and deep friendship that exist between South Africa and India and further consolidated the co-operation between the two countries in the fight against the spread of the global pandemic.
Currently about 4 525 new infections were reported in South Africa today.