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12 December 2017 18:14 (South Africa)

One million H1N1 vaccine shots for 50 million people

  • Branko Brkic
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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

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Reports of reports tell us that health minister Aaron Motsoaledi wants to buy a million doses of H1N1 vaccine, although no order has yet been placed. The order would be divvied up among three suppliers apparently. Among the questions this raises: Do we need vaccines for a disease with such a low fatality rate? Will H1N1 still be a problem by the time these vaccine doses arrive in SA, or will they be useless in the face of the next pandemic? And who will we vaccinate with them? School children? Women who plan to fall pregnant? Hypochondriacs?

  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

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