SACP slams Sahpra for 'delaying’ registration of Cuban Covid-19 vaccine

SACP slams Sahpra for 'delaying’ registration of Cuban Covid-19 vaccine

The South African Communist Party (SACP) has accused the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) of delaying the registration of the Covid-19 vaccine from Cuba. 

Solly Mapaila SACP_jacanews
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The communist party was hosting the Moses Kotane memorial lecture on Sunday. 

The SACP's first deputy general-secretary Solly Mapaila believes the regulatory nody is selective when it comes to vaccine registration.

"To highlight the few things with Sahpra, one is their delaying tactics in the registration of medicine and vaccines from other countries except Europe and the USA.

"They will always give you some terrible delay tactics all the time and for instance, there is no absolute reason why the Cuban medicine has not yet been registered that stop sugar diabetes."

Mapaila says the health body is captured by Western medicine. 

"Yet we have a medication but this institution so-called Sahpra is a very terrible institution, but this institution is quite terrible in its work, it is almost stipulated, and I did say a captured institution by the way it operates.

"There is no reason why the institution of this nature could not be utilizing this medication from Cuba for instance, particularly this one that stops amputation from our people in hospitals.

"They will tell you about terrible procedures and yet when it comes to western medicine, they jump." 

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