On December 13 Daily Maverick reported that China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), which over the past year has made vaccine donations to militaries in 28 countries, has offered 300,000 free doses of the CoronaVac jab manufactured by Sinovac to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF).
According to info revealed to amaBhungane, the vaccine would be imported through the National Department of Health which “will not use it, so the ordered amount must be utilised by the Defence”. .
“But the SANDF denies making plans to use Sinovac’s vaccine and refuses to acknowledge the existence of an offer to donate the vaccine to the army.
“Sinovac’s CoronaVac was given conditional authorisation for emergency use by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) in July, but is yet to be included in South Africa’s vaccine roll-out programme.”