South Africa to keep COVID-19 vaccines from India at secret location for worry of theft

Johannesburg: The South African federal government will keep the 1.5 million dosages of the COVID-19 vaccine that it will get from India in the next couple of weeks at a secret location since of the danger of theft for sale at black market costs, according to a media report.

“The vaccines are a highly-rated product once they’re taken and reach the black market, ” Department of Health representative Popo Maja informed the weekly City Press on Sunday, including that if this happens, there is a danger that the costs of these illegally-obtained vaccines will be treked considerably.

“There will be a main location where the consignment will be kept and from where we will disperse it to medical facility and center drug stores that can keep it, ” Maja stated.

“There’s a security problem too since nations which have actually currently started presenting the vaccines have actually alerted us that there is a big theft of it, so we might not even reveal where it is being centrally kept, ” Maja stated.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize stated throughout an address to the South African parliament recently, that the federal government had actually protected 1.5 million dosages of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from India as South Africa fights greatly increasing infections and deaths daily amidst a 2nd wave of the coronavirus and a brand-new variation of the infection.

Overnight on Sunday, there were over 21,600 brand-new infections and 399 more deaths.

A million dosages are anticipated from India prior to completion of this month and an additional 500,000 in February, with health care employees in both federal government and personal centers being prioritised for vaccination.

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Mkhize likewise eased issues that the vaccine to be provided by India had actually not yet been authorized by South African regulators.

He stated groups from the department of health along with the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA were fine-tuning and lining up all the guidelines and procedures to make sure that there were no unneeded hold-ups or obstacles to present the vaccine.

“We are all pleased that the Serum Institute of India and the AstraZeneca vaccine have actually currently been authorized by different regulators and is being presented in other nations, ” he stated.

Addressing issues that corruon may make the procedure expensive, as had actually held true in the arrangement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE to health employees for months throughout the COVID-19 lockdown, Mkhize offered a guarantee that there would be no corruon as the offer was being done straight in between the federal government and the maker, unlike the intermediaries utilized in the PPE acquisitions who had actually made use of the scenario.

South Africa to keep COVID-19 vaccines from India at secret location for worry of theft