‘Surging death toll fails to convince vaccine-wary South Africans’


Health experts warn that a lack of communication, coupled with anti-vaccine propaganda, may be responsible for daily doses of 165 000 (6 July), compared with what Pres Cyril Ramaphosa target of 300,000 per day.

According to the latest report from the Medical Research Council (MRC) the weekly number of excess natural deaths in Gauteng has rapidly accelerated since mid-May, rising to 3 224 in the week to July 3, marking a 31% increase.

Most public vaccine sites now accept registered walk-ins, having dropped an earlier system that asked for people to wait for an appointment, while about 4.5-m delivered doses have yet to be administered. – Bloomberg (7 July 2021)

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