South Africa will now give Johnson and Johnson vaccine to its health workers

South African Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that the country has now scrapped the plans to use Astra Zeneca vaccine and will instead give Johnson and Johnson vaccine to its workers. 

“The Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been proven effective against the 501Y.V2 variant (dominant in South Africa) and the necessary approval processes for use in South Africa are underway,” said Mkhize. 

“The roll-out of vaccination will proceed in the form of an implementation study with the partnership of the Medical Research Council and the National Department of Health vaccination sites across the country,” he said. “This will provide valuable information about the pandemic in the post-vaccination community and thus, ensure early identification of breakthrough infections should they occur amongst vaccinated health workers.”  

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