A risk-averse National Treasury, coupled with scant details on delivery dates from manufacturers, was behind SA’s delay and subsequent scramble to secure vaccines — a key step in halting the march of Covid-19.

President Cyril Ramaphosa had to get directly involved to secure the initial 1.5-million doses, which are set to be rolled out for health-care workers in the coming months...

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