South Africa's vaccine procurement is a mess, but it is a mess that is linked to the age-old problem of global inequality, writes Melanie Verwoerd.
At this stage every person in the country probably knows someone who has been infected by the Covid-19 virus. With the infection and death rate climbing fast, our only hope of curbing this disaster is via a vaccine. With many countries (most in the developed world) rolling out millions of vaccinations, South Africans are understandably getting frustrated with the delay in access to vaccines.
I was also getting increasingly frustrated. However, knowing any of the people in government working on procurement, I knew that it could not just be an issue of laxness or incompetency causing the delay – as many analysts and experts would like us to believe.