COVID-19 vaccine: Government warned against corruption

Legal experts and civil society groups are warning government to make sure, the vaccine rollout is not hampered by corruption. #eNCA #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Legal experts and civil society groups are warning government to make sure the vaccine rollout is not hampered by corruption. 

While many countries have started rolling out a vaccine, South Africa may only begin its campaign in April. Government says it hopes to begin sooner. 

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During the second wave, anti-corruption organisations such as Corruption Watch have raised some serious concerns about the possibility of more corruption.

They've warned government that if stricter measures are not in place, we could see the vaccine rollout compromised.

They also say negotiations between government and pharmaceutical companies have to be transparent.

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"We can't be subjected to non-disclosure agreements with pharmaceutical companies that could be then the basis to hide malfeasance, collusion and the type of corruption we saw with PPE," says Corruption Watch's head of legal, Karam Singh.

Legal experts say specialised courts should be set up to deal with companies accused of corrupt activities.

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Meanwhile, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says the government is aiming to vaccinate 67 percent of the population to achieve herd immunity.

That's about 40 million of the country's population.

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