John Steenhuisen has cast doubt over the state’s vaccination programme, further suggesting that the country may not reach herd immunity as initially projected.
Federal Leader of the Democratic Alliance, John Steenhuisen took to Twitter on Thursday, 6 May 2021, to highlight one of his pertinent questions to President Cyril Ramaphosa from the hybrid parliamentary session. The question that Steenhuisen posed was whether the president will take responsibility for the lives lost after putting many lives at risk in the vaccine rollout.
Steenhuisen based the question on the supposed lack of efficiency of the state in the distribution of the vaccine. Firstly, he highlighted that the number of vaccinated people per week currently suggests that the country will not meet the herd immunity target. Moreover, he claimed that the inter-ministerial committee assigned to handle the vaccination rollout has been ineffective.
Steenhuisen further questioned how South Africa, as the country with the highest number of COVID-19 cases on the continent, is ranked as the thirty-third most efficient country with a vaccination rollout plan.
See the post below.
💉| Where are the vaccines? SA needs answers.
"Mr President, given that you’ve now imperilled the lives of 800,000 healthcare workers and millions of vulnerable citizens as we head into winter, will you take responsibility for the lives lost?" – @jsteenhuisen#RamaphosaQnA pic.twitter.com/nGPHBYJ55L
— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) May 6, 2021