Exporting millions of doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine from South Africa, adds to vaccine-colonialism.
This, according to a consortium of civil society and health organisations which this week reacted to a New York Times report that millions of doses of the J&J vaccine, produced in the Eastern Cape, are being exported to other parts of the World.
It is not only South Africa that is pulling at the short end of the agreement with Johnson and Johnson but also other African countries.
Professor Matthew Kavanaugh, of the Georgetown University in the USA, says the whole incident is a repeat of history, where European countries and companies put their own people first.
Kavanaugh says if this continues happening, vaccine inequity would continue occurring.
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- Transparency needed on SA’s vaccine-production agreement with Johnson & Johnson.
- Getting a Covid-19 vaccine remains a voluntary decision.
- Studies show that Covid-19 vaccines – used here in SA – are effective in preventing hospitalization & death.
We warned for months:
Today, the @nytimes reveals what we all suspected-
J&J forced SA into a contract with unfettered export ability, prioritising global north;
Sent millions of doses to Europe when were were FACING & IN WAVE 3, while it drip fed us.#vaccineapartheid https://t.co/Iz6EHeccIM
— Fatima Hassan (@_HassanF) August 16, 2021
Approving additional brands of Covid-19 vaccines in South Africa would help counter any future disruptions in the country’s vaccine roll-out.
This, according to Professor Gregory Hussey, of the Faculty of Health Sciences, at the University of Cape Town.
Hussey welcomed the news that, except for the Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer-vaccines, other brands of vaccines may soon be introduced here.
He says the global demand for vaccines will, for a while still, cause strain on vaccine-supply to especially African countries.
The Department of Health recently said that the Sinovac vaccine has been provisionally approved for use in the country, while the Astra-Zeneca may also, in future, be used here again.
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- Athlone Stadium Mass Covid-19 Vaccination Site has opened to walk-ins, drive-through to be added in next few weeks.
- Western Cape wants to increase vaccine-demand among residents.
- Western Cape healthcare system under severe pressure but has capacity to treat Covid-19 patients.
📢Covid-19 vaccination update
Yesterday, 17 August 2021, we administered 34 694 vaccines and our total vaccines administered have now surpassed 1.5 million, bringing the total to 1 531 319 to date. #LetsDoThis pic.twitter.com/MZ896SwBUP
— Premier Alan Winde (@alanwinde) August 18, 2021
— Premier Alan Winde (@alanwinde) August 13, 2021