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The state should open up on Covid-19 procurement

Several civil society organisations in SA are calling for government to share information about the procurement of Covid-19 vaccines after the health department announced this week that it had acquired doses from India for frontline health workers. Picture: Reuters


Several civil society organisations in SA are calling for government to share information about the procurement of Covid-19 vaccines after the health department announced this week that it had acquired doses from India for frontline health workers. Picture: Reuters

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The announcement by the health department that it had secured 1.5 million doses of the Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine from the Serum Institute of India may has raised hopes in South Africa, but civil society organisations still have concerns about government’s lack of transparency regarding vaccine procurement.

In a briefing earlier this week, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said South Africa had signed nondisclosure agreements with various pharmaceutical companies during the bilateral talks. As a result, the department could not reveal details about the acquisition process, he said.


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