Serum Institute of India refunds South Africa for Covid19 vaccines
The Serum Institute of India has fully refunded South Africa for the 500,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, which were not delivered to the country after it decided not to use the vaccine because it was not effective against a new variant of the virus.
A million doses from the institute, which had already been delivered, have been sold on to other countries in the African Union.
South Africa started the first phase by vaccinating its healthcare workers. The second phase of six months will target the elderly, people with comorbidities, and workers in essential services, with the rest of the population following in the third phase.
“If we didn’t have this debacle with the AstraZeneca vaccines, we would have been able to move faster, as we have indicated to the public,” Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said as he expressed hope that South Africa would achieve herd immunity against COVID-19 within a year.