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The first batch of COVID vaccines touched down in South Africa in February 2021. Health workers were the first to get a jab under the Sisonke study. But even before the country had bought any jabs, our reporters were writing about the logistics and the politics of the project. If you want to know how well the vaccines work, how the different jabs compare or what it takes to create a vaccine from research, to regulation, to rollout, you’re at the right place.

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[PODCAST] Money troubles: Why SA can’t afford COVID vaccines for children 5 to 11

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  • The health department won’t buy any more COVID vaccines this year. That includes Sinopharm, Sinovac and jabs for children between the ages of 5 and 11.
  • If uptake of COVID vaccines doesn’t increase in time for looming expiry dates in June, millions of doses will have to be destroyed.
  • How many doses could South Africa lose? 7-million. That’s more than the United States donated to us in 2021.

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Mia Malan is the founder and editor-in-chief of Bhekisisa. She has worked in newsrooms in Johannesburg, Nairobi and Washington, DC, winning more than 30 awards for her radio, print and television work.