South Africa received the first batch of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine on Monday, Feb. 1, to help in the country’s efforts to contain the virus.

An Emirates flight carrying 1 million doses of vaccine from AstraZeneca landed at OR Tambo International Airport on Monday afternoon.

President Cyril Ramaphosa reportedly inspected the shipment before it was trucked to the South African Medicines Agency laboratories, where the vaccines will undergo further efficacy testing before being used.

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The AstraZeneca vaccine doses, produced by the Serum Institute of India, are scheduled to be used to vaccinate frontline health workers from mid-February.

The government aims to vaccinate 40 million people by the end of the year, representing 67% of the country’s 60 million population.

South Africa is the African country most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. There have been 1,453,761 reported infections with 44,164 deaths.