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DA suggests National Treasury is behind delay in vaccine acquisition

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The DA has released a statement suggesting that the National Treasury is behind the delay in the acquisition of the COVID-19 vaccine, further calling on Tito Mboweni to either confirm or deny the claim.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) took to Twitter on Thursday, 14 January 2021, to circulate a statement detailing its suspicions on those to blame for the delay in the vaccine acquisition. The statement suggested that the National Treasury was the reason for the delay, as it supposedly believed that the vaccine would not be necessary.

In explaining the root of the DA’s suspicions, the statement elaborated, “The Democratic Alliance (DA) calls on Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni, to confirm or deny comments by Deputy Director-General of Health, Anban Pillay, suggesting that the National Treasury was the primary culprit in delaying vaccine acquisition.

“Pillay’s interview with Financial Mail, and other sources, suggest that Treasury was not convinced that vaccines were necessary, that spending on vaccines would ‘waste money,’ and that the ‘big challenge’ was ‘risk aversion in the Treasury’.”

The statement continued to rehash the South African Airways (SAA) bailout, which exceeds the R8.6 billion estimated for the vaccine rollout. The DA suggested that the R10.5 billion SAA bailout should be better spent on the vaccine. The leading opposition party further claimed that if the DA were in power, it would have not hesitated in acquiring the vaccine when it was first presented.

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Sabelo Makhubo
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