Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
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24 May 2021
8:27 pm

Slow vaccine rollout chokes life out of tourism, small business

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

Even tourists who want to visit SA often can't because they're not allowed to travel to countries where vaccinations are moving at a snail's pace.

Elderly South Africans receive the Covid-19 vaccine at the Munsieville Centre for the Aged, 17 May 2021, as part of phase 2 of the vaccine campaign. Picture: Michel Bega

The slow pace of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout in South Africa is negatively impacting South African businesses, warns the Covid-19 Business Rescue Initiative (Cobra). This follows a similar alarm being raised by ratings agency Fitch on that the slow pace of the vaccine rollout means that Covid-19 pandemic will continue to pose risks for the economy well into 2022. According to Bob Grewar, chief operating Officer at Cobra, some sectors of the economy had been hit more than others by the slow vaccine rollout. Tourism has been among the hardest hit sectors. ALSO READ: Vaccine tourism: Here’s three countries you...