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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- 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.
- The Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine protected between 91 and 96% of healthcare workers against 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
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.
Get the latest Covid-19 updates for the Western Cape here.
- The WC hopes to soon receive another 260-thousand doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
- Covid-19: More than 110-thousand WC pensioners vaccinated.
- The Western Cape to open 274 vaccination sites by the start of phase 3 of vaccination campaign.
1/2 Update on the coronavirus and vaccines
As at 1pm on 8 June 2021, the Western Cape had 5377 active COVID-19 infections, with a total number of 297 695 COVID-19 cases to date and 280 424 recoveries.
— Premier Alan Winde (@alanwinde) June 8, 2021