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