Mabuza: Govt vaccine rollout is anything but efficient

Mabuza says the reason the rollout has been slow to pick up is that setbacks like the suspension in using the Johnson & Johnson jab which has since been lifted.

FILE: Deputy President David Mabuza. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Deputy President David Mabuza has conceded that the government’s vaccine rollout has been anything but efficient.

Mabuza said the reason the rollout had been slow to pick up was setbacks like the suspension in using the Johnson & Johnson jab, which has since been lifted.

Mabuza was answering questions in the National Assembly on Wednesday.

South Africa’s vaccine rollout has seen only about 26% of the 1.5 million healthcare workers being inoculated so far.

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MPs like the DA’s Siviwe Gwarube questioned the slow pace of the Sisonke implementation study almost four months since the first vaccine doses arrived in the country.

“This government is yet to vaccinate even 500,000 healthcare workers despite a commitment months ago that 1.2 million of them would be inoculated.”

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Mabuza said the AstraZeneca vaccine cancellation was the main reason for the delay: “So, we had to take that vaccine to other countries in the continent. Now that was almost a million vaccines. It took us back in terms of our programme in phase one and of course our agreement we made with J&J was affected by the discovery of blood clots.”

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