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First batch of COVID-19 vaccines land in SA

The vaccine was developed by British-Swedish biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, in collaboration with the University of Oxford.

The first one million doses of COVID-19 vaccine arrived at the OR Tambo International Airport on 1 February 2021 from the Serum Institute of India. Picture: Screengrab

JOHANNESBURG - The first one million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have arrived at the OR Tambo International Airport on Monday afternoon.

The vaccine was developed by British-Swedish biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, in collaboration with the University of Oxford.

Its emergency use was approved in December after trials showed that it was safe and up to 90% effective in preventing infection from the coronavirus.

It's a historic moment in the country's fight against the coronavirus.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said experts would take stock to check for breakages, quality and ensure the suppliers delivered as promised.

This is standard procedure for any vaccine that enters the country.

The consignment will be stored in a secure place for around two weeks for these quality assurance checks before it will be distributed to the various provinces.

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