‘Govrenment must press the panic button for vaccine mandates’
“Leaders in medicine, ethics and business say that a six-fold leap in new Covid-19 infections last week means the government must press the panic button for vaccine mandates,” reported Sunday Times (5 December 2021). The National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) and Business Leadership SA urged government to step up vaccinations to save the economy from further crippling lockdowns and avoid the expanded unemployment rate - now at a record 46.6%.
This comes amid confusion over the vaccine mandate task team announced on 28 November by Pres Cyril Ramaphosa. By 3 December the DoH spokesperson, Foster Mohale, said the team has not yet been established.
The most recent statistics from the NICD show Omicron “dominates November sequencing data at 74% of genomes”, with Delta - dominant until the end of October - accounting for the rest. According to the World Health Organisation, the new variant is prevalent in at least 23 countries.