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Tycoon wants R3bn vaccine plant in SA. I can already see the ANC drooling

Dr Soon-Shiong has two comorbidities – he is wealthy, and he wants to send billions to a country under ANC rule

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It’s quite extraordinary news. SA-born Dr Patrick Soon-Shiong wants to invest R3bn in building a plant in this country that will manufacture 100 million vaccines a year, enough to give two jabs to 80% of South Africans, presumably administered over the course of the next 900 years.

That last number isn’t official, by the way. Also, I don’t want to be excessively cynical. Our vaccine rollout has already started accelerating, and it’s very possible that we might all get jabbed just in time for the Covid-52 pandemic of the mid-21st century.

(Jokes aside: at the time of writing, the state had upped its jab rate to more than 16,000 a day. While still hopelessly sluggish – it would take just under seven years to vaccinate 40 million people – it’s almost double the rate of recent days, so let’s hope it’s the first of many such doublings.)..

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