20 Feb 2021

South Africa's Covid response: Fatima Hassan

From Saturday Morning, 8:10 am on 20 February 2021


Fatima Hassan

Fatima Hassan Photo: supplied

New Zealand has begun its Covid-19 vaccine programme.

But countries such as South Africa have been struggling to access adequate supplies of vaccines after wealthier countries stockpiled more doses than they could possibly use.

This is despite the work of COVAX, the organisation set up to improve access to vaccines for low and middle income countries.

It's forecast that some poorer countries will have to wait until 2022 and beyond before vaccines are widely available.

Fatima Hassan is a human rights lawyer and the founder of the Health Justice Initiative in South Africa.

A health worker prepares an injection of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against the coronavirus at a vaccination centre, set up at the Dubai International Financial Centre.

Photo: AFP