With the arrival of Pfizer’s first batch of vaccines, South Africa has officially expanded its mass inoculation campaign COVID-19.
More than 325,000 doses arrived at OR Tambo International Airport just before midnight on Sunday.
Last week, the government resumed its Sisonke vaccination program.
The program was temporarily halted after half a dozen patients developed blood clots after being vaccinated in the United States.
The new Pfizer vaccines have been stored in a central warehouse and the samples will be sent to the national laboratory for quality assurance.
From there, it will be distributed to several provinces.
In a statement on Sunday afternoon, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said the government expected more vaccine shipments from Pfizer in the coming weeks.
In total, 1.3 million shots are expected to be delivered.
Mkhize added that Johnson & Johnson vaccines would also be released from Gqeberha this month after a security check process.
More than 318,000 health workers were vaccinated as part of the mass deployment plan.