Julius Malema indicated that he would be ‘the first person’ to take a COVID-19 vaccine if it was available – but the EFF leader’s views on immunisation aren’t exactly black and white. Malema is relatively critical of the pharmaceutical production of these jabs, even though he firmly believes that this is the only route out of the pandemic.
What is Julius Malema’s opinion on vaccines?
To put it bluntly, the 39-year-old is pro-vaccine. He reminded his followers that several nasty diseases, such as smallpox and polio, have been eradicated by inoculations. However, one of his issues centres around the people involved in vaccine production. Tech billionaire Bill Gates has funded a lot of research – but this doesn’t impress Juju:
“Individuals such as Bill Gates only serve to further suspicion around critical medicine and vaccines, as profit-orientated people like him should have no place in matters of societal good such as medicine.”
“We further call for the role of billionaires in medical research and messaging to be decisively called out and undermined. We as the EFF do not have any more money to give to the Solidarity Fund. We have tried. So where is the money of Johann Rupert, the Oppenheimers, and Patrice Motsepe?”
MALEMA: Big pharmaceutical industries must also shy away from suspicious activity such as pricing of critical medication, which leads to racial and economic discrimination of the roll out of medicine. #EFFPresser
— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) January 14, 2021
EFF leader slams ‘selfish’ conspiracy theories
Another factor that has riled Julius Malema is the ‘monopolisation’ of western medicine. He believes that there is also room for traditional treatments – such as the Madagascan herbal tea that the island rolled out last April – to be considered alongside the solutions presented by ‘Big Pharma’. Again, this does not signify a rejection of the vaccine from Malema.
He viciously ripped apart the conspiracy theorists of South Africa, branding them ‘self-centred’. He also took a dim view on comments made by Mogoeng Mogoeng. The Chief Justice previously mentioned that the vaccine could ‘put the mark of the devil’ inside those who take it. Julius Malema, however, has branded these ramblings as ‘religious extremism’.
“Stop spreading rumors about the vaccine. There is no 666 vaccine. You drink western medicine and then want to tell us about the 666 vaccine? Let us not fight medicine. Medicine is not the enemy. Let us not fight science. Vaccinations have played a critical role in eradicating disease throughout various epochs in the history of humanity.”
“We condemn all unscientific and nonsensical conspiracy theories that seek to suggest vaccines are part of an agenda for population control. Religious extremism, and self-centered conspiracies must be undermined wherever they rear their ugly heads. We also call for the fast-tracking of regulation around traditional medicine by the SAHRA.”
MALEMA: It has been shown that traditional forms of medicine are helpful in dealing with the symptoms of COVID-19 and development in this regard must be prioritized. #EFFPresser
— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) January 14, 2021
Badi Announces Uber-like Tech to Fight Cartels
Speaking on Spice FM on Monday, January 25, Badi noted that the app was under development by the Ministry of Water.
He further noted that the app was being developed to function like the taxi-hailing app Uber or Little in which customers would be shown all registered water bowsers and choose which one to buy from.
He also noted that the app is being developed by the Ministry of Water after it ordered registration of all water bowsers and exhaust trucks in the city.
“Nobody knew the number (of water browsers) that are in the city. We demanded that they get registered or lose licenses. Within that registration process, it was a must for you to indicated the place where you draw your water and the areas which you supply.
“Before, they used to take city water free of charge and sell it to citizens. The Ministry of water now is developing an app where you will be able to order for these water bowsers just like Uber,” he stated.
He further noted that the app will show the number of bowsers in the area and each individual information about the bowsers.
“Once you decide what you need in your area, the app will show you the water bowsers in the area, where they collect water to ensure safety and the amount they have paid for that water.
“It will also indicate to you the amount you are supposed to pay,” he added.
During the interview, the NMS boss further noted that cartels had infiltrated other sectors of the county including the garbage collection department.
He noted that some of the trucks filled stones in their trucks before adding a few layers of garbage that would seem heavier when measured hence more revenues for them.
To rectify the situation, Badi, soon after he assumed office, cancelled all contracts that had been issued at the time and ordered for a fresh evaluation.
Israel’s Mossad chief to meet Biden, set out conditions to reform Iran’s nuclear deal
According to the Israeli newspaper, Israeli TV Channel 12 broke the news on Saturday night, adding that Cohen, a trusted Netanyahu ally, would be the first senior Israeli official to meet with Biden and the chief of the CIA.
Israel is afraid that reviving Iran’s nuclear deal would help it enrich uranium and relieve its economy, the Israeli newspaper said.
Channel 12 reported that Cohen will present Israel’s demands to Biden, which are: Iran must halt the enrichment of uranium, stop producing advanced centrifuges and cease supporting terror groups, foremost Lebanon’s Hezbollah.
The demands also include ending Iran’s military presence in Iraq, Syria and Yemen, stopping “terror” activities against Israeli targets overseas and granting full access to the IAEA on all aspects of its nuclear programme.
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Biden’s nominee for Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said that the US administration would consult with Israel and other allies when it takes a decision to revive the nuclear deal with Iran.
On Wednesday, Netanyahu urged Biden to work with Israel to deal with the “threat posed by Iran”.
HSE chief says testing of close contacts could resume this week
Paul Reid said wider community testing can resume if there are several days in a row where the country has fewer than 2,000 cases confirmed per day.
1,378 new cases of the virus were confirmed yesterday evening, the lowest number reported this month.
It was the second day in a row where the number of cases fell below 2,000.
The surge in cases during late December and early January meant the HSE and NPHET decided to halt testing of close contacts so the testing system could focus on people with symptoms.
On today’s Newstalk Breakfast, however, Mr Reid said they want to get back to testing all those close contacts as soon as possible.
He said: “Thankfully, we saw yesterday again below 2,000 cases. If we start to see that as a trend for the next few days, we will be very anxious to get back testing all close contacts.
“Later this week, if we get a consistent level below 2,000 each day this week… we want to get there as quickly as possible.”
Mr Reid said there remains a ‘significant challenge’ in the hospital system, but the decisions made by critical care teams to manage care has ‘saved lives’.
He said: “We’ve 25 ICU beds available on a national level. If we get to the 345 beds – which we now have open on our surge plan… it gets to the point that providing the levels of care want to do and always try to do becomes higher risk.”