“The funds to pay the outstanding amount after the deposit paid by the Solidarity Fund, around R1.8bn, have been allocated and let us take the opportunity to again appreciate the manner in which the Solidarity Fund has partnered with government.
“Having secured vaccine for 10% of the population, we have embarked on other efforts to get the rest of the 57% of the population to be targeted by the end of 2021. More importantly, we are making efforts to obtain vaccines much earlier, hopefully as soon as February 2021.
“This will very much depend on the success of bilateral negotiations we are holding with companies.”
About 40 countries have already started rolling out vaccinations, and there is a growing chorus of critics asking why the same is not happening in SA.
An article in the Sunday Times by the Progressive Health Forum — consisting of some of SA's most eminent medical experts — suggested the state had bungled the acquisition of vaccines.