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Coronavirus: How did the Richemont boss’s vaccination controversy flare up?

Coronavirus: How did the Richemont boss’s vaccination controversy flare up?

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While South Africa is still waiting for the launch of the vaccination campaign, Johann Rupert, the country’s second wealthiest man and president of Richemont, went to Switzerland to be vaccinated in a clinic operated by his group. Accused of favouritism, the affair triggered many debates.

 

On Thursday 21 January, the Tages-Anzeiger unveiled the vaccination of South African billionaire Johann Rupert, president and majority shareholder of the luxury group Richemont. On January 12 in Thurgau, Rupert was injected with a dose of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

 

According to the Swiss daily newspaper, Rupert’s first attempt to receive the vaccine at a clinic in Lucerne failed, but no details were given.

 

The controversy is justified by several factors: First of all, South Africa was still waiting for the vaccination campaign at that time, as was the canton in which the businessman was vaccinated. It should be noted that the latter is not a resident of the canton and that he was domiciled in Satigny (Geneva) and would have arrived on Swiss territory by private jet from South Africa around Christmas.

 

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