Military bosses defended Cuban drug deal, claim Sahpra 'doing the bidding of pharmaceutical monopolies'

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High-ranking military officers claimed the SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) was bidding for "dominant pharmaceutical monopolies or oligarchies" when questioned about their involvement in a deal to import an unregistered Covid-19 Cuban drug.

This was contained in a report by the ministerial task team (MTT) appointed to investigate the South African National Defence Force's (SANDF) illegal R200 million deal to import Heberon Alpha R 2B, manufactured by a Cuban-Chinese company.

Several supply chain prescripts were flouted, and the deal to procure the unregistered drug was irregular.

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