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