JONATHAN JANSEN | SA’s vaccine rollout is a disaster. Hand it over to the private sector, Cyril

Unless the hapless government hands the process over to the likes of SA Breweries, you’ll probably never get your jab

05 May 2021 - 19:39 By jonathan jansen

It is time to face an unpleasant truth — you might not get vaccinated for a very long time. In fact, many South Africans might never receive the vaccine at all. This brutal reality dawned on me when I interviewed famous African vaccinologist Prof Shabir Mahdi earlier this week. He was being his cautious, scientific self as he dodged my questions about specific dates by which we could reasonably expect to receive our jabs. So I made it personal: if your grandmother came to you and said: “My boy, level with me, when will I get the vaccine?”, what would you say? Perhaps it was the metaphor he used, but his brutally honest response to a loved one sent shivers down my spine: “I would tell her not to hold her breath.”..

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