A home-grown Covid vaccine would need a major combined effort

The government has come under fire for failing to push local development of an anti-Covid shot, as Russia, China and now Cuba have done

11 July 2021 - 00:00 By MOSA MOSHABELA

SA has recently witnessed a flurry of activity and announcements about Covid-19 vaccine acquisition and production, as the country enters the fray to redress the injustice of global vaccine maldistribution.

Much criticism has been directed at the government and our world-class scientists for failing to produce and manufacture a vaccine locally. The former chair of the ministerial advisory committee, Professor Salim Abdool Karim, even gave a public apology in January for failing to propose local vaccine development to the government. "I feel I let my country down," he said...

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