SHABIR A MADHI: Decision not to use AstraZeneca vaccine goes against the spirit of what the health department espoused
Every additional day of procrastination lends itself to much of the R75m used to procure the vaccine going to waste
The past month has been a roller-coaster ride when it comes to the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines in SA. The government has halted the distribution inside SA of one million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine and is poised to make a potentially historic mistake.
After much criticism early in January 2021 of the virtual absence of any strategy beyond procuring a limited quantity of Covid-19 vaccines through the Covax facility, the government successfully negotiated procurement of 1.5-million doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine through a bilateral agreement with Serum Institute of India...