COVID-19 vaccine: Ramaphosa promises ANC will guard against corruption

A member of staff draws the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine out of a phial at the Southmead Hospital, Briston. 

Graeme Robertson / AFP / Pool

JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramaphosa says the ANC will ensure there is no corruption in the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.

He says corruption that occurred in relation to PPE procurement was not unique to South Africa.

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Among those accused were then Gauteng Health MEC, Bandile Masuku, and then Presidential spokesperson, Khusela Diko.

"Let me say, without trying to shield our own position, the personal protective equipment issue has not only been a problem that is unique to South Africa, but they have also had the same problem in many other countries where corruption and fraud have been the order of the day," he said.

"Even in your more developed economies, I was reading a report the other day, that even in Britain they had fraud and corruption." 

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Earlier this week, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced that one million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine will be rolled out this January.

Mkhize said the vaccine is coming from India.

A further 500,000 vaccines will be received in February.


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