South Africa’s private sector must be allowed to secure vaccines on their own to increase the delayed roll out of Covid-19 shots, according to the head of the continent’s biggest grocer, says BusinessTech.

South Africa started the vaccination of health-care workers last months and may miss the target of vaccinating 1.5 million people against Covid-19 by the end of March due to vaccine shots that are not available.

Some categories of people that are high risk are due to be inoculated in May and fears are becoming greater that infections will hit as the country heads into the Winter season.

Shoprite employs as many as 140 000 people through its operation of 2892 stores and distribution centres across Africa.

Although its food stores remained opened throughout South Africa’s lockdown, liquor stores, furniture and household good outlets were shut down at times.

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