South Africa announces vaccine green card plan

South African President Ramaphosa announced plans to apply a vaccine green card and relax Covid-19 travel restrictions from this week.

The world has recorded 225.443,013 nCoV infections and 4,643,454 deaths, an increase of 367,548 and 5,706 respectively, while 201,982,943 people have recovered, according to real-time statistics site Worldometers.

President Cyril Ramaphosa said on television on September 12 that in the next two weeks, officials South Africa will detail how to access the Covid-19 vaccine green card, which can be used as a certificate of vaccination and for a variety of purposes and events.

Ramaphosa emphasized that vaccination of the adult population with Covid-19 vaccine is the key for the country to be able to fully reopen the economy and avoid the next wave of infections.

President Ramaphosa also added that the “continuous decrease in the number of infections over the past few weeks” will allow South Africa to relax its anti-Covid-19 restrictions from today.

Instead of an evening curfew at 10pm, South Africa will impose a new curfew at 11pm and allow for an increase in the size of indoor and outdoor gatherings. Restrictions on alcohol sales were also eased. However, South Africa is still required to wear masks in public.

South Africa currently records 2,858,195 infections and 84,877 deaths from nCoV, an increase of 3,961 and 126 cases respectively from a day earlier. Currently, more than 7 million people out of a total of 58.5 million people in South Africa are fully vaccinated with the Covid-19 vaccine. A quarter of the country’s adult population has received at least one dose of the vaccine.

A health worker injects a minor with the Covid-19 vaccine in Pretoria, South Africa, on September 10.  Photo: AFP.

A health worker injects a minor with the Covid-19 vaccine in Pretoria, South Africa, on September 10. Photo: AFP.

Brother, the largest epidemic area in Europe and the fourth largest in the world, currently records 7,226,276 infections and 134,200 deaths from nCoV, an increase of 29,173 and 56 cases respectively in the past 24 hours.

After announcing the cancellation of the plan to apply the vaccine green card, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce a plan to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic in the winter months on September 14.

Health Minister Sajid Javi believes that the UK will not impose any more blockades, and expressed a desire to remove PCR testing for visitors as soon as possible.

Iraq on September 12, received more than 100,000 doses of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine from Italy through the Covax vaccine sharing program. Iraq currently records 1,950,765 infections and 21,496 deaths from nCoV, an increase of 3,554 and 51 cases respectively compared to a day earlier.

The doses of Covid-19 vaccine from Covax are considered as necessary support for Iraq when the country has just injected at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine for more than four million people, accounting for about 1/10 of the total 40 million people.

Bangladesh This week began reopening schools after 18 months of not allowing students to go to school because of Covid-19. The Bangladesh government’s decision comes after the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned that prolonged school closures were exacerbating inequality for millions of children across South Asia.

Ngoc Anh (Follow AFP/Reuters)


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