R2.34-bn extra for more Covid-19 shots
“Treasury has allocated an extra R2.34-bn to purchase more Covid-19 doses and issued a stark warning that the slow pace of the rollout threatens SA’s economic recovery,” reported Business Day after Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana’s medium-term budget policy statement (MTBPS) on November 11.
“More than 23.5-m Covid-19 vaccine doses had been administered in SA but only 32.9% of the adult population is fully vaccinated. After an initially brisk take-off, every age cohort has seen a sharp drop in demand, posing a growing challenge to the government’s plans to protect the population against the next surge in cases and open up the economy. The new money set aside to purchase vaccines adds to the R19.3-bn already allocated by Treasury for vaccines.”