SA to issue Covid-19 vaccine storage and distribution tender

accreditation
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images
  • The health department is set to release a storage and distribution tender for Covid-19 vaccines.
  • This is for phases 2 and 3 of the vaccine rollout.
  • The first batch of SA's vaccines are expected to arrive on 1 February.

The Department of Health will issue a tender to store and distribute Covid-19 vaccines on 5 February, it said on Thursday, in an effort to speed up a vaccine rollout that opposition leaders and scientists have said is too slow.

The qualifying bidders would be involved in phases 2 and 3 of the country's vaccine programme, the department's director-general, Sandile Buthelezi, told Reuters.

Health experts, scientists and political rivals have accused the government of taking too long to procure and plan the distribution of vaccines against the coronavirus - a charge it rejects.

READ | 20 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines are coming, says Ramaphosa

The DA announced court action against the government on Wednesday on the same issue.

Earlier this month, the government said it was approaching Imperial Logistics' Health Science Unit, Denmark's DSV Panalpina, pharmacy chain Clicks Group's United Pharmaceutical Distributors and pharmaceutical company Biovac for storage and distribution for six months under a closed bidding process.

Tender

Buthelezi said on Thursday the tender would be open to all eligible companies.

Imperial said it would participate in the bid.

READ | SA's First batch of Covid-19 vaccines to arrive on 1 February

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Wednesday the country would get one million doses of AstraZeneca shots from the Serum Institute of India on 1 February for its healthcare workers. South Africa will receive 1.5 million doses from India in total.

It plans to vaccinate 1.25 million health workers under the first phase of the vaccine rollout. Partly state-owned Biovac has been contracted to import, store and distribute the 1.5 million doses.

Under the second and the third phases, the country will be inoculating senior citizens and people working in institutions followed by those who suffer from comorbidities.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
Children between 12 and 17 can now be vaccinated against Covid-19. As a parent I am:
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Relieved, it's been a long wait to this point
51% - 2697 votes
A bit hesitant, and will wait to see how it goes
21% - 1127 votes
Completely against my child getting the shot
28% - 1504 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
14.85
-1.2%
Rand - Pound
20.49
-0.4%
Rand - Euro
17.30
-0.2%
Rand - Aus dollar
11.09
-0.2%
Rand - Yen
0.13
-0.1%
Gold
1,793.05
0.0%
Silver
24.33
0.0%
Palladium
2,023.00
0.0%
Platinum
1,043.50
0.0%
Brent Crude
85.53
+1.1%
Top 40
60,525
+1.7%
All Share
67,051
+1.5%
Resource 10
62,969
+2.5%
Industrial 25
86,659
+1.4%
Financial 15
13,849
+0.2%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE