Axe vax excuses. It’s time to think outside the box

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Axe vax excuses. It’s time to think outside the box

Government has no one to blame but itself for SA’s rollout mess. We have the infrastructure to administer jabs

Executive editor: opinions and analysis

Euro 2021 has been a magnificent tournament. The Russia vs Denmark game on Monday was electric. How the Danish demolished Vladimir Putin’s countrymen to advance to the knockout round, from zero points and bottom position in their group, was nothing short of a goosebumps moment. I hope Christian Eriksen’s heart was able to cope; his teammates must have made him proud.

Boy oh boy, those 25,000 fans who packed the Parken stadium in Copenhagen were a sight for sore eyes. Europe and the US are opening up and relaxing Covid-19 restrictions. That’s what vaccines can do for you, especially when you hoard them.

But it’s somehow disingenuous of our government to keep complaining that richer nations have hogged vaccines, as though that’s the only reason for our vaccination rollout failures. Yes, vaccine nationalism is unjust, but Africa’s most advanced economy cannot compare itself with the continent’s poorest countries. For starters, SA should have invested in vaccine research earlier, when the Americans and the Europeans did. We have some of the most talented scientists in the world; why didn’t we give them money to at least explore the possibility of a home-grown Covid-19 vaccine? The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) has been performing clinical trials whose results show an encouraging move towards a possible HIV/Aids vaccine...

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