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We want to blow the lid off Covid-19 vaccine secrecy - Health Justice Initiative

23 February 2022 1:53 PM
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Mandy Wiener
Promotion of Access to Information Act
The Midday Report on CapeTalk
Health Justice Initiative
Fatima Hassan
Covid-19 vaccines
vaccine contracts

Mandy Wiener interviews Health Justice Initiative founder Fatima Hassan.
  • There is much secrecy around Covid-19 vaccine contracts between governments around the world and pharmaceutical companies

  • The public is paying for the vaccines and has the right to know the details of the deals they were forced to accept


The Health Justice Initiative is suing to have South Africa’s vaccine contracts made public. © designer491/123rf.com

The Health Justice Initiative (HJI) has launched a legal bid to have South Africa’s Covid-19 vaccine contracts made public.

Pharmaceutical companies keep all commercial details such as price secrets across the world.

The HJI wants access to a range of documents under the Promotion of Access to Information Act (Paia).

The HJI want to know if the government overpaid for the vaccines.

Mandy Wiener interviewed HJI founder Fatima Hassan (scroll up to listen).

“We need to know what our government has agreed to for us with these companies,” said Hassan.

Our requests have been refused. So, we have no option to approach the courts… The government… is refusing to tell us who the contracting parties are…

Fatima Hassan, founder - Health Justice Initiative

We’re hoping to blow the lid off all the secrecy… in relation to the procurement of vaccines… The public has the right to know… whether our government agreed to onerous terms…

Fatima Hassan, founder - Health Justice Initiative

They were forced into signing these non-disclosure agreements… We need the court to determine if this is permissible in a Constitutional democracy such as hours… After all, you and I are paying for these vaccines!

Fatima Hassan, founder - Health Justice Initiative

The power of these corporations… they force governments to agree to onerous terms… There have been reports of price differentials and variations around indemnification clauses…

Fatima Hassan, founder - Health Justice Initiative



23 February 2022 1:53 PM
Tags:
Mandy Wiener
Promotion of Access to Information Act
The Midday Report on CapeTalk
Health Justice Initiative
Fatima Hassan
Covid-19 vaccines
vaccine contracts

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