Public health sector infrastructure 'a concern': Health journalist

#eNCA​ reporter Hiedi Giokos speaks to Mia Malan from the Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism outside Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital has been selected to administer some of the Johnson and Johnson vaccines. #DStv403

CAPE TOWN - South Africa's desperate state of the public health sector has been a concerning factor when it comes to treating COVID-19 and successfully rolling out mass inoculations.

Mia Malan from Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism said the infrastructure left by the Johnson & Johnson vaccine trial phase will go a long way in helping the government make this programme a success. 

READ: COVID-19: J&J vaccine rollout begins

Malan said: "I think it would be naive to think that nothing is going to go wrong if you look at how health policies are implemented in the country.

"The good news about this trial that we're implementing, we're using some of the infrastructure used in the SA arm of the J&J trial."

"So there are already some measures in place that wasn't necessarily put in place by [the] government. The medical research council helped with that trial and all of the vaccinators that they used are some of the vaccinators that will be used now. So it's not like we have to start entirely from scratch. There are some basics that we can work with."


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