EXCLUSIVE | Covid-19 vaccine: SA missed first payment window to join COVAX, a global vaccine access initiative

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South Africa is yet to make an estimated R500 million payment to an international initiative designed to secure equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines for middle- and low-income countries.

Head of health regulation and compliance as well as former acting director-general for the Department of Health Dr Anban Pillay confirmed on Wednesday the payment was yet to be made as the department was awaiting a range of approvals from National Treasury.

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