A consortium of civil society and health organisations has called on the South African Government for more transparency on its vaccine-production agreement with Johnson & Johnson.

This, after a report in the New York Times that millions of doses of the J&J vaccine, produced in the Eastern Cape, are being exported to other parts of the World.

UN Special Rapporteur on Right to Health, Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng, says South Africa reportedly had to sign a clause preventing the country from restricting the export of vaccines.

Mofokeng says if the reports are true, this adds to the currently-experienced vaccine apartheid.

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Premier Alan Winde says the Western Cape wants to start vaccinating its teachers as soon as possible.

Winde says the province hopes to receive a large consignment of Covid-19 vaccines, which will be administered to the province’s educators.

He says it is very important that teachers, who interact with children from various communities on a daily basis, get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect them from severe disease.

Winde says teachers will, mostly, be vaccinated with the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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