“With SA emerging from a devastating third wave and still far from achieving vaccination targets, the South African Medical Association (SAMA) and academics said Pres Cyril Ramaphosa appears to be ignoring scientific advice and putting politics before people’s health,” reported Sunday Times (3 October 2021).

This follows the President’s recent surprise announcement to ease the Covid-19 restrictions to Level 1. “He is relying on a scaled-up vaccination campaign, which includes administering an additional 16-m doses of vaccine by mid-December. But experts doubt the target can be reached and warn that the move to level 1 and the crowds expected at election events will create super spreader events,” reported Sunday Times.

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