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Sunday, 31 October 2021 21:10

Covid-19 Daily Update:SA records 230 new cases with 14 related deaths.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD),reports 230 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2,922,116. This increase represents a 1.2% positivity rate.

NICD said a further 14 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 89,177 to date.

Canada on Saturday pledged at the G20 summit to donate millions more Covid vaccine doses to poor countries worldwide.

"Canada will donate the equivalent of at least 200 million doses to the COVAX Facility by the end of 2022," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement, referring to the global vaccine-sharing alliance.

Of this number, 10 million doses of Moderna's vaccine will be delivered "quickly" to developing countries, he said.

Canada has also pledged $15 million to help increase vaccine production in South Africa, said Canadian Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland at a Rome briefing.

Those funds should contribute to the creation of a "technology transfer center" so that the region can produce messenger RNA vaccines against COVID19.

"We do not control production, but by 2022, we are certain that it will be possible to contribute at this level," Freeland said.

In August, the American company Moderna announced that it wanted to build a vaccine manufacturing plant in Canada, the first outside the United States.

According to the Canadian government, fewer than three million of the 40 million doses already promised by Canada had been received by the COVAX program on Saturday, with additional deliveries planned in coming days.

Meanwhile International relations and co-operation minister Naledi Pandor was leading the SA delegation at the G20 in Rome this weekend.

The G20 brings together the world’s major economies. Its members account for more than 80% of world GDP, 75% of global trade and 60% of the population of the planet.

In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, uneven global recovery, unequal access to vaccines and disruptions in global supply chains, the G20 was seized with some of the most vexing challenges facing the global economy.