Covac, the international vaccine-sharing facility, was set up to try to ensure poorer countries were not dependent on donors. However, it has delivered less than 10% of the 2-bn doses it originally hoped to provide by the end of 2021.

Covac expects to receive just 1.425-bn doses of Covid-19 jabs from donors this year, a far cry from its July estimate of 2-bn, highlighting the risk facing countries that depend on it for their vaccines, reported Business Day (9 September 2021). The SA government’s bilateral agreements with Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and Pfizer/BioNTech resulted in Covax allocating 2.57-m Pfizer doses and 2.4-m doses of Sinovac’s vaccine to SA, according to documents on its website.

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