Vaccine laggard SA pays deEDITORIAL COMMENT Business Day (19 March 2021):
“A month since the government began dispensing Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J’s) coronavirus shots to
healthcare workers, a mere 0.3% of SA’s population has been vaccinated. SA is lagging countries such as Ghana, Panama and Uruguay. With only 168 413 vaccine doses administered so far, it has managed less than half the number the UK typically does in a single day. According to Bloomberg’s vaccine tracker the US administered an average 2.47-m doses a day in the week through March 17. Here, most of the country’s 1.25-m healthcare workers still don’t know when they will get their shots, and nor for that matter does the rest of the population.