Treasury on board with COVID-19 vaccine costs

File: According to the Health Department, South Africa has seen 1,098,441 COVID-19 recoveries. AFP/Dibyangshu Sarkar

JOHANNESBURG - National Treasury remains tight-lipped on the amounts allocated for the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize told a Parliamentary Portfolio Committee that National Treasury has agreed to pay the costs.

READ: Mkhize: SA to receive 1m vaccine doses in January

The minister was unable to clarify the size of the budget.

But experts estimate it will cost between R12-billion to R20-billion, to distribute to and vaccinate the entire country.

Government says it wants to vaccinate 40 million people by the end of this year.


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