- Mzwandile Masina says that he will use emergency funding to buy a coronavirus vaccine from Cuba
- The Ekurhuleni mayor was adamant that this would help fight the current pandemic in SA
- Briefly.co.za explores the facts behind this claim in a bid to separate them from fiction
Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina responded to the coronavirus crisis by saying that he would divert emergency funding to procure a vaccine from Cuba.
The Interferon alpha-2b vaccine, according to Masina, would help his city in the fight against the outbreak.
Masina had made his proposal during a state of the city address earlier in March, just days before South Africa would enter into a lockdown period.
While President Cyril Ramaphosa announced 'immediate, swift and extraordinary action' to save Mzanzi from the pandemic, Masina insisted the answer to the crisis lay in Cuban soil.
Africa Check reports that, while the vaccine has treated symptoms similar to the coronavirus, it would not serve the function the mayor believes it will.
The World Health Organization points out that there is still “no specific vaccines or treatments for Covid-19”.
The organisation commented that an immense global effort is underway to find solutions to the international emergency
“Possible vaccines and some specific drug treatments are under investigation. They are being tested through clinical trials. WHO is coordinating efforts to develop vaccines and medicines to prevent and treat Covid-19."
With clinical trials still needed to meet legal requirements ahead of mass-producing an approved vaccine, any potential vaccine will still take 12 to 18 months to appear, Briefly.co.za gathered.
Evidently, not even Cuba was aware of this miracle treatment, with the nation's foreign affairs ministry releasing a statement that “there is no preventive vaccine or specific treatment, at this time, for the new coronavirus”.
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