File: Former Health Minister Zweli Mkhize. AFP/Rodger Bosch
JOHANNESBURG - South Africa is a step closer to acquiring the COVID-19 vaccine.
Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, says the health products regulator has approved the distribution of the vaccine, from India.
This allows the government to distribute the jabs without having to wait for the lengthy drug registration process.
The department says it will keep South Africans updated on when the first batch will arrive.
The country expects 1.5 million doses from India's Serum Institute.
Mkhize also says his department has been inundated with offers from private agents who are selling vaccines.
He says for the protection of citizens, the government is communicating directly with manufacturers, and have put processes in place, to ensure the authenticity of third party dealers.