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'I feel I let my country down' in vaccine race, says Prof Salim Abdool Karim

Prof Salim Abdool Karim said he should have joined other global scientists and helped create a Covid-19 vaccine that would have also benefited SA.

Explaining this, he said KwaZulu-Natal today has twice as many cases a day than it did at the peak of the first wave.

“So we are seeing a very dramatic, sharp increase to a much higher peak and for the entire country we are now seeing more cases per day than we ever saw in the first.

“What we don’t know is how long it will last. Will it burn itself out quickly by getting to a peak and then come down, or will it be like our first wave? Our first wave had about two weeks at peak and 39 days from peak to get down to the trough.

“So when you look at that comparison, I think we are likely to see a different dynamic — a shorter peak and probably a sharp decline but that’s speculation at this point,” he said,  adding that because no other country had this variant, SA couldn’t learn from others.

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