Rorisang Kgosana
Premium Journalist
3 minute read
22 Mar 2021
4:40 pm

Two-thirds of SA could be infected before they are vaccinated

Rorisang Kgosana

South Africa risks getting two-thirds of the population infected with Covid-19 should the vaccine rollout continue at a snail's pace - a possible disaster for the healthcare system.

File picture. Dr Anike Baptiste, a specialist doctor at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital, gets her injection of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine. Picture: Jacques Nelles

While South Africa’s Covid-19 vaccine rollout is undeniably not going to reach the target of 67% of the population by the end of the year, building herd immunity by having two-thirds of the population catch the virus would be disastrous - but a possibility based on the current vaccination rate. DA leader John Steenhuisen on Sunday slammed the current snail's pace of vaccinations. "Undoubtedly the biggest violation of the human rights of South Africans has been government’s failure to procure Covid-19 vaccines, and its failure to put in place a roll-out plan for when it might one day purchase meaningful...