Let us not tiptoe around our country’s vaccine programme. It is a shambles. The government has been caught on the back foot and is scrambling to create some sort of narrative in which it had a plan all along but it is such “top-secret” stuff that we cannot know the details. That simply won’t do.

If there are indeed confirmed orders for 20-million doses, as the president said on Monday, then show us the details. If there is indeed an AU programme for a continentwide pool of 1.5-billion vaccines, which no-one had heard of until Monday, then show us the details. And if the government has indeed been negotiating with vaccine manufacturers for six months and not just woken up the other day, then show us the proof...

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