Civil society organisations call for fair distribution of COVID-19 vaccine

Civil society is pleading with government to provide the #COVID-19 vaccine quicker. The C-19 People's Coalition wants to meet with health professionals, to make sure it's distributed fairly. For more, Morena Mothupi speaks to the alliance's Rehad Desai. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Civil society is pleading with government to provide the Covid-19 vaccine quicker.

The C-19 People's Coalition wants to meet with health professionals to make sure the vaccine is distributed fairly and as early as possible.

"We rely on pharmaceuticals to provide this supply and it simply not good enough, the UN and 140 countries at the world trade organisation in Geneva are pushing for equal access to the vaccine and this is critical," said Rehad Desai from the People's Coalition.

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'But the question is now the immediate task, the immediate task in our situation, in particular, is to get as much vaccine as possible, now we believe we can get 20-30% of that if plans were accelerated if the government ended its denial, the scale of denial that we are seeing from them."

South Africa is in line to receive the Covax vaccine but there is still no clarity on when it will land in the country.

On Monday President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that South Africa is set to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in the second quarter of 2021.

Source
eNCA

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