Vaccines will cost between R12-bn and R20-bn
According to estimates by health experts and by the Business for SA (B4SA) task team, it will cost between R12-bn to R20-bn to vaccinate the entire country. This includes the distribution costs. The private sector has offered to cover R7.1-bn through medical schemes. The government has set a target to vaccinate 40-m people by the end of 2021. This would mean vaccinating 316 000 people a day. The government plans to ensure 6 300 full-time vaccinators will be available. Neither the Treasury nor the health department have revealed the price of the AstraZeneca vaccine to be supplied for health workers. Earlier estimates in the public domain are in the region of $5 a dose.