Ramaphosa urged to axe officials who caused vaccine delays


Some of SA’s most senior medical leaders and academics have called for President Cyril Ramaphosa to fire government officials for delays in procuring Covid-19 vaccines, reported Bloomberg on January 3.
“The demand was made in an opinion piece run by News24, and signed by nine people including Glenda Gray, the president of the SA Medical Research Council, and officials from other health organisations, hospitals and universities.
“The failure to procure vaccines is an ‘unforgivable failure, which will be measured in lives lost in their thousands, sickness for tens of thousands, a broken health-care system and profound and ongoing economic damage,’ the health leaders and academics said in the opinion piece.
Tyrone Seale, Ramaphosa’s acting spokesman, said he may comment after the presidency has examined the article. The health ministry didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

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