Virus jabs available on board S.Africa’s vaccine train

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A running train on South Africa railway station has been converted into  an unlikely vaccination site which brings jabs to remote areas and boost sluggish uptake.

One by one, people waiting in plastic chairs spaced out across a platform in the town of Springs, 50 kilometers (30 miles) east of Johannesburg, were called to board a vaccine center on rails — the “Transvaco”.

“We want to try and vaccinate as many people as possible in a short space of time… (and) bring vaccines closer to rural areas,” the train’s manager, Paballo Mokwana said.

Funded by state logistics firm Transnet, the train has the capacity to jab 600 people per day in a specially-refurbished carriage lined with vaccination cubicles. Its eight other carriages are used for accommodation, storage, staff dining, electricity generation and other essentials.

Data source: Eagle news

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