Will store 1.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine at a secret place for fear of theft, says South African government

For the fear of theft, the 1.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to be received from India in the next few weeks, will be kept at a secret place, said the South African government.

The move comes as the government fears of theft of the COVID-19 vaccine for sale at black market prices, said a media report.

Department of Health spokesperson Popo Maja said, “The vaccines are a highly-rated commodity once they’re stolen and reach the black market,” adding, “If this occurs, there is a risk that the prices of these illegally-obtained vaccines will be hiked significantly.” Maja further stated, “There will be a central place where the consignment will be stored and from where we will distribute it to hospital and clinic pharmacies that can store it.”

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