Pfizer demands indemnity before supplying vaccines

Pfizer is demanding that SA’s Health and Finance Ministers personally sign a COVID-19 vaccine supply agreement for 20-m doses of vaccine made by Pfizer and BioNTech in order to indemnify the supplier from any claims against it, reported Business Day (30 March 2021). The demand threatens to further delay the rollout of SA’s vaccine programme, increasing pressure on the government.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said the demand is the last that Pfizer will make and, vaccines should arrive within two weeks after indemnity has been signed.

* Johnson & Johnson (J&J) will make 30-m vaccines available to SA, with the first batch arriving in April. According to the SAHPRA a decision on licensing the vaccine is expected within days.

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