Private sector allowed to procure vaccines from government

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced that the private sector will be allowed to procure vaccines from the government and could also provide storage and distribution facilities for COVID-19 vaccines.

The national co-ordinating committee will consolidate and approve the lists and allocate stock to the private sector.

According to the DG of Health, dr Anban Pillay, many companies are not keen to sell to individuals. Pillay said the private sector will be buying the vaccines and will have access to vaccines from government and their needs in terms of volumes will be addressed in the procurement process. He said that members of the private health sector sit on the national coordinating committee and are part of the decision-making process. In Phase One, vaccines are delivered to public and private hospitals to vaccinate healthcare workers. Thereafter, mobile teams will be deployed to reach healthcare workers in primary care facilities and private medical centres.

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