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September 06 , 2021


South African train brings COVID-19 vaccines closer to people

Reuters 
September 2, 2021 (JOHANNESBURG, South Africa)

At Springs train station in South Africa's biggest city Johannesburg, Simphiwe Dyantyi and her partner wait their turn to board. But they are not going anywhere, instead they are getting COVID-19 jabs inside a stationary train.

The initiative by South African state logistics firm Transnet is meant to bring vaccines closer to people and save them from travelling long distances as the government ramps up its COVID-19 vaccination drive.

From the Springs station, the Transvaco train will in the first week of September move to rural Eastern Cape province.

Once there, it will make stops in different places in the province, bringing relief to poor villagers who are often without basic health facilities. It will be stationed there until November.

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/south-african-train-brings-covid-19-vaccines-closer-people-2021-09-02/

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