New Delhi: South Africa on Tuesday (February 16, 2021) refuted the claims that the nation has requested the Serum Institute of India (SII) to take again its 1 million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
South Africa, nonetheless, is planning to share the a million AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses it acquired from the SII with different African international locations through the African Union (AU), a Reuters report stated.
“I would like to clarify a few media reports that said we have returned the vaccines to India. We have not returned the AstraZeneca vaccines to India,” WION quoted South Africa’s Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize as saying.
Mkhize added, “The AstraZeneca doses we purchased have been offered to the African Union platform, of which we are part of, and the AU will distribute to those countries who have already expressed interest in acquiring the stock.”
He additionally acknowledged, “I also wish to once again put it on record that the vaccines have not expired and that the expiry date of April 31 was established through our quality control processes – a wrong impression was created that the vaccines have expired – this is simply not true.”
This is to be famous that South Africa had paused the rollout of AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine doses this month after preliminary trial information confirmed they provided minimal safety in opposition to delicate to reasonable sickness from the nation’s dominant COVID-19 variant.
The nation is now more likely to administer Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines from Wednesday.
“It has been consulting with scientists about what to do with the AstraZeneca vaccine, switching to a plan to start inoculating healthcare workers with J&J’s alternative in a research study,” Reuters reported.
Over 80,000 J&J photographs are more likely to arrive initially, and as much as 5,00,000 well being staff could possibly be reportedly immunised in complete within the research.
Meanwhile, nation’s COVID-19 rely has elevated to 1.49 million, of which, 1.39 million have recovered, whereas, 48,094 have recovered.
In associated information, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday gave emergency use approval to AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine and allowed its distribution to the world’s poorest international locations.
The SII is the world’s largest vaccine producer and has additionally emerged as a key provider of the AstraZeneca shot the world over.