I reflected on these pages earlier in the year that 2021 would be tough year for policy-making and that battles had to be waged on many fronts (“An invitation to improve is inherent in unhappiness (https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/opinion/2021-01-19-an-invitation-to-improve-is-inherent-in-unhappiness/),” January 19). I opined that the challenge should be embraced and that the coming conflicts were necessary for progress.

From a health perspective 2021 has indeed been an unhappy year, in ways that were somewhat predictable. SA has started to roll out its Covid-19 vaccination programme, but the pace has not been fast enough to avoid a vicious third wave. Following months of relative calm, we are again in a crisis...

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