Is Equitable access possible if the private sector is allowed to procure vaccines?

This seminar was a platform to share the actions of Civil Society in response to an attempt by Solidarity and Afriforum to promote private procurement and distribution of vaccines for COVID-19 in SA.

Solidarity and Afriforum lodged court papers to compel government to allow the private sector, NGOs and provinces to procure and distribute vaccines independent of government. The Health Justice initiative applied to be an Amicus Curiae (friend of the court) and would have brought evidence as to why such as case, were it to be successful, would have disastrous effects for an equitable and effective roll out of vaccines.

The case was withdrawn before it was heard.

However, because we believe the issues are of critical importance, PHM and HJI decided to co-host this webinar to bring these issues to the attention of the wider public.

The speakers included:
Fatima Hassan - Director of the HJI
Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng - UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health
Prof. Leslie London - Professor of Public Health Medicine at UCT and Steering Committee member for the PHM-SA