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healthcareBL Premium reports that the government expects to reach a daily coronavirus vaccination target of 250,000 doses a day by the end of the week.

This as inoculation resumes in areas affected by last week’s unrest and the pace picks up in the rest of SA. Accelerating the vaccination programme has assumed new urgency as SA grapples a third surge in infections and is vital if the government is to achieve its goal of inoculating more than 40-million adults, or two thirds of the population, by March. “We lost opportunities due to the violence — probably 300,000 doses had to be deferred,” said Nicholas Crisp, the health department’s deputy director-general for National Health Insurance. Public sector health facilities were left largely unscathed by last week’s looting and violence, but more than 200 private sector GP practices and dozens of pharmacies were targeted in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, prompting several private-sector operators including Discovery and Momentum to temporarily close their vaccination sites nationwide as a precaution. KwaZulu-Natal had adequate vaccine stock in its pipeline and deliveries to the province were expected to resume later this week, said Crisp. At least 54 independent pharmacies and dozens more operated by corporate chains were affected by the violence, with dispensaries stripped of medicines and extensive damage wrought on infrastructure. Warehouses operated by Pharmed, City Med, Alpha Pharm, Transphar and Dis-Chem reopened on Monday, but Clicks-owned UPD remained closed.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Tamar Kahn at BusinessLive (paywall access only)

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