The mission: How Glenda Gray became 'the closest thing South Africa has to Tony Fauci'

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Professor Glenda Gray
Professor Glenda Gray

Professor Glenda Gray almost single-handedly secured 500 000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine for South African healthcare workers. A fearless advocate for doing what is right above all else, Gray explains why she stands on principle. Kyle Cowan and Azarrah Karrim report.

In September last year, on the roads that traverse the wide, open spaces of the Karoo, Dr Glenda Gray found peace for the first time in months.

The soundtrack of countless road trips before – Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, The Cure and Talking Heads – played over the speakers as she powered her car along lonely roads in search of time. Time to think, time to switch off, time to breathe.

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