Marizka Coetzer
2 minute read
3 Mar 2021
7:59 am

Govt admits there is no legal restriction on private sector securing vaccines – AfriForum

Marizka Coetzer

AfriForum confirmed it has had discussions with stakeholders to secure Covid-19 vaccines.

South Africa received the first delivery of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine on 16 February 2021 at the OR Tambo International Airport. Picture: GCIS

Covid-19 vaccines may soon be more freely available with various options to choose from after the local civil rights group AfriForum dragged the government to court to get answers about the procurement of the vaccinations. Yesterday, AfriForum announced the government had admitted under oath in its court documents there was no legal restriction on the private sector purchasing Covid-19 vaccines. Solidarity trade union chief executive Dr Dirk Hermann said the state had a history of failure. “The SAA [South African Airways] has fallen; Eskom turned off our lights; municipalities are bankrupt and Denel cannot pay their employees’ salaries,” Hermann said....