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Aurum supporting COVID-19 vaccine rollout in the North West

Aurum supporting COVID-19 vaccine rollout in the North West

More than 12 000 people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in the North West province under the Sisonke implementation study with The Aurum Institute supporting the provincial government by managing the study.

At a recent frontline monitoring visit of COVID-19 vaccination sites in the province, Deputy Minister in the Presidency Thembi Siweya said she was happy with progress made in the campaign to vaccinate healthcare workers. “This is a national programme, in line with what the President (Cyril Ramaphosa) has been saying which is that we are going to vaccinate our people to reach population immunity,” said Siweya. She reiterated the national government’s support to all stakeholders; “responsible for carrying this very precious vaccine which is going to save our people. We are here to work together to improve as we go and ensure that we can vaccinate as many people as possible,” she added. 

COVID-19 studies

Siweya was hosted by Aurum Board Chairperson Phangisile Mtshali on the tour of the Klerksdorp Clinical Research Site which is conducting clinical trials on COVID-19 vaccines. Aurum is currently participating in seven ongoing COVID-19 studies and more than 40 000 participants have been enrolled at the Klerksdorp, Rustenburg, Tembisa and Pretoria sites.

Ms Phangisile Mtshali was accompanied by Dr Ntombifikile Mtshali- Managing Director: Health Systems Division, Dr Kathryn Mngadi- Clinical Research Site Leader and Principal Investigator for the Sisonke vaccine in Tembisa and Tanya Nielson- Managing Director: Clinical Research Division and Sisonke Investigator.

Custodians

Nielson said teams of Aurum staff were placed at several hospitals which are vaccination sites in the province. “Once we receive the doses, we are the custodians, we are responsible for managing the cold chain and ensuring that every syringe is accounted for. Our preparation teams load the vaccination from vials into syringes ready for people to have their injections,” she said.

NW Health MEC Madoda Sambatha outlined the state of the pandemic in the province which has had more than 62 000 COVID-19 cases since March last year, with a 95% recovery rate.