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EXPLAINER | Why SA isn’t making additional ventilators for the second wave

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A nurse checks a Covid-19 patient's ventilator.
A nurse checks a Covid-19 patient's ventilator.
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South Africa is not currently planning to manufacture additional ventilators and will instead work on ventilator distribution, the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (Sarao), tasked to manage the National Ventilator Project, said.

This despite the country facing a harsher second wave of coronavirus infections, with more deaths being reported compared to the first wave.

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