"This milestone highlights the solid relations and deep friendship that exist between South Africa and India, and further consolidated the cooperation between our two countries in the fight against the spread of the global pandemic", it said.
On Friday, Dr. Antony Fauci called the arrival of new variants in the United States "a wake up call" to vaccinate as many Americans as possible as quickly as possible to stymie the virus from spreading and mutating further.
The virus strain is still under research and appears to be more transmissible than other variants, but hasn't shown to cause more severity in the illness or risk of death.
Another researcher involved in the study presented a concerning problem: the vaccines and current therapeutic approaches' efficacy on the new variants.
The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) on Saturday said the ongoing second wave COVID-19 infections could be associated with the emergence of variants that are more transmissible.
While waiting for the vaccines to become available, Mihigo says World Health Organization will be working with countries to make sure they are prepared to immediately begin inoculating their populations against COVID-19.
"We are negotiating, largely with Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, but some of it is coming via the African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team and Covax".
Gottlieb predicted there could be booster shots to protect against the variants for the fall and said the FDA is working on a regulatory framework to allow for the vaccine boosters to be licensed.
Other countries in Africa that have confirmed infections from the new South Africa variant are Botswana and Zambia.
"We can see that we are going to be challenged".
"People have COVID fatigue already", said Dr. Schaffner. "It is a welcome relief to us in sub-Saharan Africa and South Africa in particular where the majority of HIV-positive people are women".
"When you do that you prevent replication and replication is essential for mutation", he said. We could have them in time for the fall across all these vaccines. These include wearing masks, handwashing and social distancing.