Pretoria, 05 January, 2021 / 3:39 pm (ACI Africa).
The leadership of the South African Council of Churches (SACC) has appealed to the government to hasten the access to COVID-19 vaccine to save lives amid a reported new wave of infections in the country.
In a statement dated Monday, January 4, the church leaders say that the COVID-19 vaccine is a public good and that the country cannot afford to wait any longer to access it.
“While we understand that the Vaccine Rollout Strategy represents months of intense work from a research and development perspective, we appeal to Government to pull out all the stops to ensure urgent rollout of the vaccine, which is a public good,” the leaders say in their statement shared by ACI Africa.
They add, “It is cause for significant concern to think that we must continue to watch our people dying as we wait for the first confirmed COVAX vaccines to arrive in the county in the second quarter of the year. If any other steps can be taken to bring vaccines into the country sooner, let there be no human hindrance to that process.”
Government officials in South Africa have been accused of delaying bilateral negotiations with vaccine suppliers, a situation that has been said to further aggravate the state of COVID-19 in the country.