'We're headed for a fourth and fifth wave if vaccine rollout is not speeded up'

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Paula Luckhoff

42 days ago
'We're headed for a fourth and fifth wave if vaccine rollout is not speeded up' © Dan Magiore/123rf

The view's been expressed many times recently that South Africa's third wave of Covid-19 infections is proving to be worse than the first and second waves.

Are we headed to a Covid-19 vaccine disaster in South Africa?

Bruce Whitfield puts a listener's question to the CEO of Profmed Medical Scheme, Craig Comrie.

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We're certainly headed for a fourth and a fifth wave if the vaccine rollout is not speeded up, is Comrie's response.

The numbers show that the third wave is going to be even worse than the second wave - the next few weeks will tell, but I think we're probably in the peak of the third wave over the next two or three days.

Craig Comrie, CEO - Profmed

I think we're too slow to correct where we come across the obstacles. It is a leadership lesson.

Craig Comrie, CEO - Profmed

One thing we need to learn is that we can't keep on holding on to one supplier of vaccines - we need to be considering the Sputniks, the Sinopharm... and not just narrow it down to an AstraZeneca or even a Johnson & Johnson.

Craig Comrie, CEO - Profmed

Comrie acknowledges that there has been some progress, for instance opening up walk-in facilities.

He says Profmed has formed a team tasked with checking whether each member and beneficiary over 60 is registered for vaccination and able to reach their designated site.

The company has partnered with some of the providers to make sure that they get vaccines to the homes of those who are not mobile.

Listen to the interview with Comrie below:

This article first appeared on CapeTalk : 'We're headed for a fourth and fifth wave if vaccine rollout is not speeded up'

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