Meanwhile, she received South Africa One million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from the Indian Serum Institute for Serum and Vaccine, and another 500,000 doses are awaiting delivery.
The ministry said that in recent weeks it had worked to ensure that all member states, which the African Union vaccine procurement team considered to be recipients of the vaccine, had obtained all the approvals and permits required to launch the vaccine on their soil.
“The ministry can confirm that it received the purchased quantity in full on Monday of last week,” the ministry said in a statement.
She added: “The first batch of the vaccine that we received will benefit 9 member states, and the remainder will be delivered this week to benefit 5 other countries.” The statement did not mention prices and did not specify the countries that bought the vaccine.
After stopping the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, South Africa began vaccinating medical workers with the J&J vaccine.
The country aims to vaccinate 40 million people, or about two-thirds of its population, to achieve the required level of societal immunity.