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The government’s advisers on coronavirus vaccines have recommended that it sign up to the international financing vehicle Covax under a “committed purchase agreement” that could result in SA initially receiving only enough shots to immunise frontline health-care workers and people in care facilities.

SA has recorded more Covid-19 cases and deaths than any other African nation, but lags countries such as Botswana and Libya that have already signed up to Covax, which aims to use pooled purchasing to equitably distribute 2bn doses of vaccine by the end of 2021...

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