South Africa has resumed giving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to well being care staff. AP Picture
JOHANNESBURG: South Africa has resumed giving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to well being care staff after a greater than two-week pause in using the one Covid-19 inoculation within the nation.
South Africa on Wednesday restarted its drive to inoculate 1.2 million well being care staff with the J&J vaccine.
South Africa suspended using the J&J vaccine on April 13 after the US Meals and Drug Administration reported that it may be linked to uncommon blood clots. The nation’s drug regulatory physique decided that the vaccine is protected and Cupboard authorized resuming its use.
Earlier than the halt, South Africa had given greater than 290,000 pictures of the J&J vaccine to well being care staff and Well being Minister Zweli Mkhize urged all well being care staff to get the pictures.
“It’s a lot better to have the Johnson & Johnson vaccine than to keep away from taking it for concern of getting a blood clot,” stated Mkhize in an announcement, saying there’s a “one in 1,000,000 likelihood of getting a blood clot from the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. In America, about 7 million individuals have now acquired the Johnson and Johnson vaccine and are shielded from Covid-19.”
The J&J vaccine is the very best vaccine towards the Covid-19 variant dominant in South Africa, stated Mkhize.
The South African Well being Merchandise Regulatory Authority beneficial returning to the J&J vaccine, saying that it discovered no causal hyperlink between blood clots and the J&J vaccine in those that have already been vaccinated.
With the resumption, the federal government has elevated the variety of websites the place the jabs shall be given to well being care staff and it now has ample doses within the nation, stated Mkhize. South Africa will strengthen its “screening and monitoring of contributors who’re at excessive threat of a blood clotting dysfunction,” stated his assertion.
South Africa has by far the most important variety of confirmed Covid-19 circumstances and deaths in Africa. With greater than 1.5 million circumstances, together with 54,237 deaths, South Africa accounts for greater than 30% of Africa’s 4.5 million circumstances and greater than 40% of the 120,802 deaths reported by the continent’s 54 nations, in accordance with the Africa Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.
Because it resumes vaccinating well being care staff, South Africa is getting ready to launch a mass vaccination drive on Might 17, beginning with these 60 years and older, stated Mkhize. Greater than 3,300 vaccination websites are being arrange throughout the nation.
South Africa is aiming to vaccinate some 40 million of its 60 million individuals by February subsequent 12 months, he stated.
South Africa has ordered 31 million doses of the J&J vaccine, most of which shall be produced in South Africa on the Aspen Pharmacare manufacturing facility in Gqeberha, previously referred to as Port Elizabeth. The plant will obtain massive batches of the elements of the vaccine, mix them and put them in particular person vials, and package deal them, a course of referred to as “fill and end.” The South African plant has the capability to complete as much as 300 million doses of the J&J vaccine yearly.
South Africa has additionally secured 30 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine for its vaccination marketing campaign, of which practically 1 million are anticipated to be delivered to South Africa by Might 17, stated Mkhize. The Pfizer vaccines shall be used within the nation’s main cities, which have ample freezers and the logistics to manage the two-dose vaccine. The J&J vaccines, which could be saved in abnormal fridges and are single-dose vaccines, shall be utilized in South Africa’s rural areas, stated Mkhize.
South Africa has been the toughest hit by the pandemic in Africa with over 1.5 million infections and greater than 53,000 deaths.