EDITORIAL | Government did not listen, so here we are again

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EDITORIAL | Government did not listen, so here we are again

One cannot help but wonder how different things could have played out if our leaders had really heeded the experts

Editorial

In March, some of the country’s foremost scientists in a SA Medical Journal editorial attacked the country’s decision to resell its million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to the AU.

Even then, they sounded a dire warning – that the country was ill-prepared for a third wave, with “only a minority of largely urban health workers vaccinated against Covid-19 and rollout to the general population yet to start”.

They said in the piece that diminished protection against mild to moderate Covid-19 caused by the variant was no reason to reject the AstraZeneca vaccine, which had a high level of efficacy against the original “wild ancestry” virus...

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