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SA plans to spend R5bn on Covid-19 vaccines – Mboweni

Wants to be one of the frontline countries to secure the vaccines.
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni. Image: GCIS

The South African government is set to spend at least R5 billion on accessing Covid-19 vaccines and R500 million has already been allocated for the country to be part of an international vaccine distribution consortium, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni revealed on Tuesday.

He was speaking during a session of the Bloomberg Invest webinar on Africa, which included several business, political and healthcare leaders from the continent.

“South Africa is in a very fortunate position in that we have been invited to participate in the consortium that is looking for this vaccine. Already a decision has been made that South Africa is paying R500 million to participate in the process of the production of the vaccine. [This] is so that we can be in the frontline of those [countries] that can receive the vaccine,” he said.

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“The Minister of Health [Zweli Mkhize] is very happy about it… It is very rare that any minister is happy with the Minister of Finance,” Mboweni joked.

“R500 million is in the pocket of the consortium. South African will be participating as one of the few emerging market countries,” he said.

He added that the government is set to allocate a further R4.5 billion for Covid-19 vaccines, however these funds will be part of the new budget process (likely the 2020 main budget in February next year).

Mboweni did not specifically mention the international Covid-19 consortium that South Africa is participating in. However, news agency Reuters reported that the R500 million payment is going to the COVAX vaccine distribution scheme co-led by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The initiative is the main WHO-organised partnership scheme for ensuring global vaccine access. President Cyril Ramaphosa has previously mentioned South Africa’s intension to partner the WHO in order to secure access to Covid-19 vaccines for not only the country but for the continent too.

Meanwhile, in his daily Covid-19 update on Tuesday night, Mkhize noted that there were 772 252 confirmed cases of the virus in South Africa. However, there were only 34 725 active cases, with 716 444 recoveries.

The health minister reported 2 493 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 115 deaths, taking the country’s official Covid-19 death toll to 21 083.

Of the reported active cases, the Eastern Cape has the highest number at 8 512. It is followed by the Western Cape with 7 880 active cases, while the Free State has 7 280 and KwaZulu-Natal 5 645. Gauteng has only 243 reported active cases.

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Waiste of tax payers money-again. There is no proven vaccines that work

but definitely another proven way to commit corruption!R5 billion here we come papa ….hahahah!

Lets hope that all taxpayers are given preferential treatment with this vaccine before the rest of the rest of the population. Start treating the taxpayer with due respect instead of seeing them as a cash cow

Sounds like an excellent money making opportunity for ANC folks.

@ grahamcr :

I think all politicians should have the privilege to be the test persons and go first. Second : all corporate individuals that are pushing these cocktails.

Grrrreaaat NEWS for ASPEN PHARMACARE!

So how will this work?
Will everybody be forced to get it eventually, like it or not? I see some countries are considering a “Vaccine Passport”.
What if you already had COVID, do you still need the vaccine?

Like yellow fever, it will probably be required to be renewed every three years or so. Antibodies eventually lose their efficacy I understand, so probably antibodies will not qualify to support you tax passport. This is all speculation from my perspective.

Is SAA going to lend you the money, anc?

ANC will steal the CASH! or EOH will make payment to the ANC via a shady company 🙂

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