South African President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered his state of the Nation. “As we look on the grave damage that this disease has caused, we know that like the fynbos, like all those who have walked this land before us, we will rise again. Nearly a year has passed since South Africa saw its first case of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Since then, nearly one-and-a-half million people in our country are known to have been infected by the virus. More than 45,000 people are known to have died. Beyond these statistics lies a human story of tragedy and pain. There is no family, no community, and no place of work that has not lost someone they knew, worked with, and loved. It is also a story of courage and resilience”, Ramaphosa said.
Ramaphosa said that there were “overriding priorities of 2021”. “First, we must defeat the coronavirus pandemic. Second, we must accelerate our economic recovery. Third, we must implement economic reforms to create sustainable jobs and drive inclusive growth. And finally, we must fight corruption and strengthen the state.”
The President stated that the country secured 9 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The first batch of 80,000 doses, will arrive in the country next week. Further consignments will arrive over the next four weeks, totalling 500,000 Johnson & Johnson vaccines.