‘My heart is heavy’ Former RHOD Star LaConco Regrets COVID-19 Vaccine
Former Real Housewives of Durban (RHOD) star Nonkanyiso “LaConco” Conco has revealed that her health has been adversely affected by the COVID-19 vaccine. In a series of Instagram posts this week, LaConco, who is also known as the mother of one of former South African President Jacob Zuma’s children, expressed deep regret for getting vaccinated.
LACONCO’S Health Struggles Post-Vaccine
LaConco shared on her Instagram stories, saying, “I regret covid vaccination with every breath I take. So help me God. This is why I regret taking the covid vaccine; Been having fever so bad that it feels like covid, it has gone worse now from once a month to two or three times in a month. I’m tired of the medication, steaming, and nebulizing. This can’t be my norm. My heart is heavy as this has affected my lungs, and I can’t gym as I want.”
In another post, she added, “Whatever is happening to my body, Ayi shame ngiyaxolisa (no, I really am sorry) my God is on the throne, I have a very long life to live. People still need to see God’s existence through me, and I still need to shake my b… wearing a thong in Kuwait. So abeg!”
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South Africa’s Vaccine Cost Discrepancy
LaConco’s concerns come in the wake of revelations made by the non-profit organization Health Justice Initiative (HJI) regarding South Africa’s vaccine procurement. According to HJI, South Africa paid significantly more for COVID-19 vaccines compared to wealthier countries like the United Kingdom.
The vaccine contracts between pharmaceutical companies and the South African government showed that Johnson & Johnson (J&J) charged South Africa 15 per cent more per dose of its COVID vaccine than it charged the European Union (EU). Similarly, Pfizer-BioNTech charged South Africa almost 33 percent more than what it reportedly charged the African Union. The Serum Institute of India (SII) charged South Africa 2.5 times more than the EU.
Defending these agreements, the South African Health Department stated that it had no other choice but to accept the terms and conditions of the contracts, as failing to do so could have resulted in more than 200,000 deaths.
LaConco’s revelation and the controversy surrounding vaccine pricing have sparked discussions about vaccine safety and accessibility in South Africa.