Report: South Africa has missed deadline to join Covax vaccine project

Report: South Africa has missed deadline to join Covax vaccine project

- A report claims that South Africa has missed a December 15 deadline to secure vaccines to help fight Covid-19

- This comes after an earlier report was slammed as misinformation by Minister Tito Mboweni

- Now, the report claims that SA missed the December cut off date for the deposit payment

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South Africa is one of the hardest-hit nations on the continent when it comes to Covid-19.

Nevertheless, a report has surfaced claiming that the December 15 deadline to pay a deposit to secure the vaccines has been missed and no guarantee has been arranged to make full payment.

Tandi Nzimande, CEO of the Solidarity Fund, claims that the payment to the Covax program would be made shortly according to the report.


The Solidarity Fund has now stepped up to the plate according to the report. Image: Chris Jackson
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News24 reported that the organisation, backed by SA's richest, undertook to pay the R327 million deposit which is 15% of the R2.2 billion that needs to be paid in total after the government allegedly failed to do so.

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The Department of Health said that the country was on track to sign the agreement and committed to making the first instalment by 15 December as had been agreed.

The Solidarity Fund has promised to make the payment as soon as the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations, which is running the vaccine project, gives it the go-ahead according to Nzimande.

The funds and a guarantee that the remaining funds would be paid would help to supply 10% of South Africa's population access to the vaccine.

However, the guarantee has yet to be finalized with Treasury dubbing it 'work in progress'.

Earlier, had reported that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni says that South Africa has not missed the deadline to pay the R500 million needed to form part of the COVAX global vaccine distribution scheme.

This facility will give the nation early access to vaccines needed to protect healthcare workers on the front-line and the public from the virus.

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The Minister recently told Parliament that the state had until December 15 to make to required payment.

Mboweni slammed the reports as inaccurate, calling for the right information to be distributed:

“I think it's very important that when you're an adult person, you must first inform yourself of all the facts before you open your mouth."
"So we've not missed the deadline at all. Don't go around misleading people because you are misinformed. I don't know who misinformed you. Maybe it's honourable [John] Steenhuisen who misinformed you. I feel sorry for you.”

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