During January 2021, the Minister of Health (second Respondent) announced the details of South Africa’s COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-out Strategy. It provided that the “South African government will be the sole purchaser of vaccines for the country” and that various government-appointed structures will oversee the allocation and roll-out of the vaccines.
Solidarity and Afriforum (the Applicants) challenged government’s strategy and asked the court to remove any restrictions so that the private sector, medical schemes, other institutions and provincial governments can ‘buy, distribute or administer vaccines independently from the national government’.
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- Solidarity’s Urgent Application (27 January 2021)
- HJI’s Application for Admission as an Amicus Curiae (18 February 2021)
- The First and Second Respondent’s Answering Affidavit (22 February 2021)
- Fourth Respondent’s Answering Affidavit (23 February 2021)