Article by: Dumisane Dube
Cabinet announced its decision to extend the National State of Disaster to the 15th of October. This is in terms of the Disaster Management Act of 2002.
President Cyril Ramaphosa placed South Africa on alert level three of the lockdown in July 2021.
“Cabinet approved the extension of the National State of Disaster to 15 October 2021, in terms of Section 27(5) (c) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (57 of 2002),” Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele said on Thursday.
Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele said the government was looking at the possibility of vaccine passports as one of the ways of containing the pandemic.
“The approach of government is that in dealing with the measures against COVID we must be as indiscriminate as possible, we must be as objective as possible and scientific rationale must govern us – but the issue of a vaccine passport is one of the innovative ideas that are going to be attended to as we look at the total package of innovative ideas on how to set the country free so that the economy can start flourishing,” he added.
On Wednesday the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) Chair, Professor Helen Rees said the new COVID-19 variant, the C.1.2 variant, is being monitored to ensure that vaccines remain effective against it.
SAHPRA appeared before Parliament’s Health Committee to discuss the efficacy of vaccines, among other things.
According to SAHPRA the latest variant, which has been found in eight provinces, has also been detected elsewhere in the world.
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