Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
3 minute read
6 May 2021
7:32 am

If govt says don’t panic about Covid-19 – please do

Brian Sokutu

South Africa could soon find itself limiting flights from India as the only option to curb variant importation.

South African Health Minister Zweli Mkhize is inoculated with a Covid-19 vaccine shot at the Khayelitsha Hospital in Cape Town. Picture: GIANLUIGI GUERCIA / POOL / AFP

When government tells you not to panic – amid the country being in the throes of the Covid-19 pandemic – that is when you become very worried. South Africa – with a population of at least 58.56 million people – has hardly made a dent when it comes to the inoculation of its citizens. Except for the SA Medical Research Council-driven Sisonke clinical trial study, which has made it possible for President Cyril Ramaphosa, his deputy, David Mabuza, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize and front-line healthcare workers to be inoculated with the single Johnson & Johnson dose, South Africa’s roll-out...