South Africa’s Military Command (MC) the highest strategic decision making body of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has said the use of a Cuban vaccine is safe.

The Vaccine is popularly known as Interferon B, a drug that has been manufactured in Cuba and has been safely used world wide for over 30 years.

In a statement, the Military Command confirmed that SANDF acquired the medication from Cuba on an emergency basis following the outbreak of Covid-19 in March 2020.

“Objective data shows that more than 8000 subjects in Cuba, Pakistan, Iran, Ukraine, Brazil and others have safely benefited from Heberon use,” said the Military Command in a statement.

The Military command also put it on record that the Surgeon-General is the only authority for medical force protection in the SANDF during war time and peace time.

“The health and lives of our soldiers is of paramount importance,” added the Military Command.

The Sunday Times reported today that two members of the Hawks, were made to leave after they attempted to confiscate the vaccine at the SA Military Health Services Depot in Pretoria.

The newspaper says the standoff between the two armed groups was so tense that at one point, guns were drawn.

The situation was only diffused after the Minister Of Defense , Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, was called.

Please read the full story in today’s Sunday Times – 31 January 2021.