The inability of the South African government to quickly obtain an anti-Covid-19 vaccine has aroused the dissatisfaction of a collective of South African scientists and researchers who denounce “an unforgivable failure”, underlined nine of the most important personalities. prominent health professionals in the country in an opinion piece.
Faced with this “delay”, the collective, which includes among others the president of the South African Council for Medical Research, Glenda Gray, called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to take measures “against the members and officials of his administration who are responsible for this perilous fiasco and immediately take the necessary steps to correct the situation ”.
He added that this failure will result in thousands of human losses, tens of thousands of new infections, a strain on the health system and deep and lasting economic damage.
South Africa is the country most affected by the pandemic on the African continent, with more than 1 million confirmed infections with Covid-19 and 29,175 deaths.
In this sense, the Minister of Health stressed that the country is targeting February, stressing that the government is in direct negotiations with several manufacturers including Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, as well as with Russian and Chinese laboratories.
According to the Minister, the country aims to initially vaccinate at least 67% of the population, or about 40 million people, in order to achieve collective immunity.
It should be noted that South Africa has experienced an alarming increase in the number of new Covid-19 infections in recent weeks. According to scientists in the country, the recently identified new variant of Covid-19 is more dangerous and rapidly transmissible, and is probably behind the second wave the country is currently experiencing.