President Cyril Ramaphosa’s administration has insisted that it has plans in place for the successful roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine in the coming months, despite it being dragged to court over a lack of transparency.
This comes as South Africa is set to receive the first consignment of Covid-19 vaccines from India today.
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced last week that one million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from the Serum Institute of India would leave India for South Africa and would be used to kick off the first phase of the vaccination process, which is primarily targeted at the country’s front-line health workers.
Around 500 000 more doses are expected to be received from the same institute later in February. The DA, however, has been critical over the lack of transparency by the government around the Covid-19 roll-out plan.
On Friday, the official opposition approached the Western Cape High Court in a bid to force President Ramaphosa’s administration to develop and table a comprehensive roll-out plan for the vaccination process to enable opposition parties to hold it accountable should failures occur.
Other parties, including the EFF, have warned that the lack of transparency around the vaccine roll-out could lead to the corruption that took place when Covid-19 relief funds were looted last year.
Cabinet spokesperson Phumla Williams said there was a detailed plan on the roll-out of the vaccines by the national government but that it was yet to be finalised and released for the public through the Department of Health.
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