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The Department of Defence has been rocked by allegations it spent R215 million importing Covid-19-related drugs which are reportedly neither registered nor approved for use in the country by health authorities.

A confidential letter from the SA Military Health Services (SAMHS), obtained by News24, shows as part of its effort to fight the coronavirus, defence officials spent R215 million on three consignments of the drug Heberon Alpha R 2B, also known as interferon, in April.

Interferons are proteins used in the body as part of its natural defence against viruses. The Interferon Alpha-2B, manufactured by a Cuban-Chinese company, is believed to be effective in the fight against the coronavirus.

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