Biovac to distribute vaccines to SA healthcare workers – 21 January 2021

SA pharmaceutical company Biovac Institute has been contracted by the government to import, store and distribute coronavirus vaccines for front-line health-care workers, a letter from the National Treasury shows.
Health-care experts have urged the government to share a detailed plan on vaccine rollout across the country.

Reuters reports that in the letter written by director-general Dondo Mogajane to non-profit organisation Corruption Watch, the Treasury has given the department of health approval to deviate from normal procurement processes for the transportation, storage and distribution of the vaccines in the short term.
The National Treasury and spokespeople for the department of health did not respond to requests for comment.
Cape Town-based Biovac, part-owned by the government, has been appointed for three months to provide storage and distribution services for vaccines to immunise front-line health-care workers.

“Biovac will be involved in the importation, cold chain storage and distribution of the 1.5 million doses,” Biovac CEO Morena Makhoana told Reuters.

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