Western Cape to buy its own Covid-19 vaccines

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During a recent interview with CapeTalk, Western Cape Premier, Alan Winde revealed that the province is planning to procure its own Covid-19 vaccines.

Winde said that they cannot rely on government as the sole supplier and that the DA has the legal authority to procure a vaccine. Winde said that he has been in discussions with suppliers and that he intends to follow all governance processes, stating that any vaccines brought in will have to be approved by the country’s health regulator.

Additionally, many people and businesses are happy to pay for their own needs and for others, Winde indicated, saying that the bulk of the funding will likely come from the private sector.

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Winde indicated that he was also willing to share any excess vaccines with other provinces. “If I can get supply I will link it in with Zweli Mkhize – but obviously I want the bulk of them to come to our province,” he told CapeTalk.

“We are already seeing that the supply that we are getting as a country doesn’t look good, and it looks like that we won’t get sufficient vaccines for this whole year. So I have got to find another supply.”

Labour unions, business groups, opposition parties and the medical community are angered and frustrated by the government’s lousy procurement process.

South Africa is reportedly set to receive 20 million doses developed by AstraZeneca, with the first batch of 1.5 million shots set to arrive this month.

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On Monday, Reuters reported that the Department of Health confirmed that South Africa had secured an additional 9 million vaccines through a deal with pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson.

To date, the country has confirmed 1.36 million infections and more than 38,000 deaths.

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