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It was an enormous relief that the health department secured a contract for 1.5-million Covid-19 vaccine doses last week. It was a last-minute, emergency scramble, but at least the more than 1-million people who work in health-care and related support services will be get their first shot.

But with regulatory process and logistical arrangements still at initial stages, it will be February before the first vaccine is administered. That will be too late to shield health workers from the approaching storm in Gauteng, where the coronavirus is expected to peak in January...

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