Mkhize said once the process is completed, liability will be in the hands of the government.
He vaccines will be sorted according to distribution destinations using the most suitable way to transport and store them.
Provinces have availed depots where vaccines will be stored before they are dispatched to identified hospitals and community health centres.
“We anticipate more vaccines arriving this month. We are tying up things. The aim is to be able to give people a second dose and complete phase one.”
Mkhize has written to all health MECs informing them of the number of vaccines each province will receive, and said there is no need for any province to consider buying vaccines.
Doctors, nurses, pharmacists and pathology laboratory staff are among the health workers who will receive the first doses.
– Additional reporting by Rethabile Radebe