Eric Naki
Political Editor
3 minute read
16 Apr 2021
5:40 am

It’s time Africa makes its own Covid-19 vaccine

Eric Naki

It is high time that Africa developed its own vaccine manufacturing capacity. The urge to do it is there, but there is no political will.

Picture: Neil McCartney

  SA is in a state of confusion – pessimists may label it paralysis politically – but the suspension of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine roll-out has brought us to a crossroad. The J&J trials had to be put on hold because authorities fear endangering lives after it was discovered the shots caused blood clots in a few cases in the United States. This has put the country on tenterhooks as many of its health workers, as well President Cyril Ramaphosa and Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, have been inoculated with the vaccine. ALSO READ: SA suspends rollout of Johnson...