“Negotiations with vaccine manufactures should have started long ago”

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) says the plan unveiled by the Health Minister Zweli Mkhize was very scant on details and very ambiguous on the timelines especially on delivery dates.

Mkhize announced on Sunday that at least 67% of South Africans will need to be vaccinated against covid-19.

NEHAWU secretary general Zola Saphetha said the plan by the Minister did not have a clear logistical roll-out plan for vaccination, for example in terms of training of the clinicians to vaccinate, geographic layout of the vaccination especially for the vulnerable cohorts, etc.

“As NEHAWU, we believe that negotiations with vaccine manufacturers should have started long ago. We share the sentiments of our federation, the Congress of South African Congress (COSATU) that government was caught napping while we are facing a deadly pandemic that has killed millions of people across the world”. Explained Saphetha

NEHAWU is calling for more transparency on the matter of the vaccine and is urging government to move with speed in the procurement processes.

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