Violence causes a huge setback for vaccination rollout

 

Violence in KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng caused a huge setback in plans to scale up coronavirus vaccinations to reach 250 000 people a day by the end of this week, reported Business Day (14 July 2021). Only 146 577 vaccines were administered nationwide on Monday, and 137 421 on Tuesday.

Discovery and Momentum closed sites nationwide over safety concerns. Pharmacy chain Clicks was forced to close its Durban warehouse due to looting. The country’s three biggest private hospital groups, Netcare, Life Healthcare and Mediclinic, suspended the provision of coronavirus vaccines and cancelled elective surgery in KwaZulu-Natal, as they prioritise care for patients already admitted to hospital. Looters targeted dozens of pharmacies in KwaZulu-Natal, stripping dispensaries and destroying infrastructure.

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