Solidarity versus SAHPRA on private acquisition of vaccine
The SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) says there is no rule or provision stating that only government may buy Covid-19 vaccines. That is why the urgent application by trade union Solidarity and civil rights organisation AfriForum for such a provision to be set aside was rejected in the Pretoria High Court, with costs, reported City Press (18 July 2021).
Meanwhile, Solidarity maintains that government is centralising the purchases in a roundabout way. It was also previously reported that the Western Cape government and several mining companies had tried to buy vaccines, but that vaccine manufacturers had indicated that they only wanted to negotiate with government.
Solidarity and AfriForum argued that Sahpra cannot give government the sole right to the
vaccine because people’s lives depend on it and because the government started itspurchases of vaccines too late.