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INTERVIEW | Med schemes to fund over 14 million Covid-19 vaccinations, including for those without cover

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South Africa desperately needs a Covid-19 vaccine. Now. Picture: iStock/Gallo Images
South Africa desperately needs a Covid-19 vaccine. Now. Picture: iStock/Gallo Images

As South Africa's battle against increasing Covid-19 cases continues, medical schemes are collaborating to help fund vaccinations for some people without medical aid, but the battle against the pandemic might be lost without universal access to the vaccine.

The country has seen a dramatic climb in Covid-19 cases since the second wave began, with 21 832 new cases reported on Wednesday, taking the total infections since the pandemic began last year to more than 1.1 million.

Hospitals, both private and public, have been buckling under the pressure of the pandemic as beds fill up with Covid-19 patients and shortages begin to be an issue.

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