We are used to things going the other way round, but it seems Zimbabwe is conducting its Covid vaccination way faster and better than South Africa. There are even suggestions that those who can afford having been going to the neighbours across Limpopo to get their jabs. If that is true, well that is good for a change, this could even further strengthen relations between the two countries.
Zimbabwe’s close link with china helped them secure the sinovac vaccin directly in quite large volumes. They have also received vaccines from India and Russia. While the vaccination programme has not been completely flawless, people have been getting their jabs with ease at designated points without much hustle.
South Africa Started off on a high note when it procured the vaccine from India. The momentum was killed by complications relating early expiry date of the consignment and the vaccine’s effectiveness on the so called South African variant of the virus. This mishap, plus allegations of corruption and incompetence could explain the slow roll out.
While Zimbabwe has heavily depended on hand outs, South Africa should be applauded for making efforts to help themselves with their own money. However, in the end it is the result and saving of lives that matter. Currently Mzansi’s minister of health is on special leave, pending investigations on possible abuse of office and corruption. Hopefully, this will get on track very soon with the ministry in the hand of a newly appointed acting minister.
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