Discovery Health medical aide says she has been in contact with all producers of Covid-19 vaccines, but cannot independently source and distribute vaccines as this remains the responsibility of the government.
In an email declaration Discovery Health chief executive Ryan Noach told Reuters that the company is still preparing to offer vaccines to its members.
“While we (Discovery) are in contact with the vaccine manufacturers, vaccine procurement and policy regarding who receives it and in what order remains the sole responsibility of the government, until the government notifies the government. contrary, ”he said.
“We have been in regular liaison with vaccine manufacturers since September 2020,” Noach said in an email response to Reuters. He said the company was taking all necessary measures to “ensure that the supply is efficient and that stocks are available quickly, especially for those most at risk.”
In a letter sent to clients over the weekend, Discovery chief executive Adrian Gore said the healthcare and financial group was ready to launch a “ mass immunization program ” – as soon as enough vaccines will be available in the country.
Gore said while government vaccine purchases have been frustrated with “ complexities, ” if the required doses arrive on schedule, the group will be able to inoculate tens of thousands of members each day.
“The country is on the verge of obtaining enough vaccines to cover over 37 million adults in South Africa, surpassing the population group immunity target of 29 million people – the number of adults required to reach the collective immunity threshold, ”he said.
“The key question is when the vaccines will arrive in the country and the success of the combined efforts of the public and private sectors to speed up vaccine delivery to cover the high-risk population as quickly as possible.”
He said the group had the capacity to vaccinate 50,000 people a day, while waiting for vaccine supplies. This will allow all of Discovery’s 550,000 high-risk members to be vaccinated “within weeks”.
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