by: Suzell Wray

The promised Johnson and Johnson vaccines from South Africa will hopefully arrive on the island next week if that country is stabilised, following a week of protests.

This according to Chairman of the National Health Fund, NHF, Howard Mitchell.

He shared with Nationwide News on Monday that he doesn’t expect the arrival of the vaccines to be delayed for too long. He’s hopeful that the delay will be days.

Howard Mitchell, Chairman of the National Health Fund.

He further noted that he’s yet to confirm  the exact number of doses Jamaica will be receiving as the total number is to be shared among the member countries of the Caribbean Community, CARICOM.

The expected number of vaccines that will be gifted from South Africa are 3-hundred-thousand doses.

The country has been gripped by a week of chaos and riots. More than 2-hundred people were killed as looters ransacked shopping centers and rioters torched key industrial infrastructure and blocked trade routes.

Reports are that the violence was sparked after former President, Jacob Zuma, was sentenced to 15 months in jail on July 8 for snubbing a corruption inquiry.

The protests widened into grievances over longstanding poverty and inequality.