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Third wave is on its way, warns Medical Research Council

By Siyabonga Mkhwanazi Time of article published Mar 24, 2021

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Cape Town - The Medical Research Council (MRC) has warned that a third wave of Covid-19 was coming in the next few weeks.

The MRC told Parliament’s portfolio committee on health today that there were indications that the third wave was at the door.

The president of the MRC, Professor Glenda Gray, said work was under way to roll out vaccines in the next few months.

She said the country was receiving 80 000 doses of Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccines every 14 days.

They hope there will be an increase in the number of health-care workers who are inoculated.

Gray told MPs that more than 190 000 health-care workers have been injected with the J&J vaccine.

She said the third wave was on the horizon.

“In terms of the third wave, yes, I think we are all worried about the third wave, particularly after the April weekend, the Easter holidays as we go into winter and, as we spend more time, indoors the third wave is imminent,” said Gray.

“If you watch our burden of disease, we have seen weekly mortality (rates) there is a slight uptick. We need to keep an eye and monitor the excess deaths in the country,” said Gray.

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