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GOOD rejects EFF invite to march

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GOOD has announced that it will be distancing itself from the events of the EFF march to the SAHPRA offices, in demand of the approval of alternative vaccines.

GOOD Secretary-General, Brett Herron issued a statement on Thursday, 24 June 2021, stating that the organisation has rejected an invitation from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). The EFF reportedly invited GOOD to join its mass march to the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) offices, in demand of the SPUTNIK-V and SINOVAC vaccines from Russia and China respectively.

GOOD has made it clear that it welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with other political parties around common values and issues of public interest, but it has declined the EFF’s protest invitation. According to the party, the march does not make sense. GOOD has suggested that it does not believe that there is any evidence that SAHPRA is unreasonably withholding approval of any vaccine.

The party has emphasised that victimising SAHPRA is misguided, when world leaders are the ones responsible for the vaccine supply constraints. Although in agreement that South Africa’s vaccination programme has gotten off to a very slow start, GOOD believes that it is best to focus its attention on increasing the supply of vaccines so that no country is left behind.

“Access to adequate healthcare, including receiving vaccines is a human right that no country or pharmaceutical company can deny,” said the party.

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