Editorials
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6 Feb 2021
6:31 am

Pay attention to potential third wave warnings as winter looms

Editorials

Despite the hope the arrival of the vaccine brings, we are still in for a number of challenging months, particularly this winter.

Covid-19 patients being treated at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital on 11 January 2020 in Pretoria. Picture: Jacques Nelles

While many households debate whether they will take or refuse the Covid-19 vaccination, perhaps the warning from several experts that a third wave is likely to bring new variants will influence their decision. South Africa aims to vaccinate 40 million people – 67% of the population – by the end of 2021. In his family meeting on Monday, President Cyril Ramaphosa once again clarified that people will not be forced to take the vaccination, but that we needed 40 million people to take the jab if we wanted to achieve herd immunity. On Monday, the first shipment of one million...