Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
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14 Jun 2021
8:09 am

Two million J&J jabs destroyed – what now for SA’s fight against Covid-19?

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

An expert is concerned that the ambiguity surrounding South Africa’s herd immunity goals leaves more questions than answers.

Picture File: Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital Nurse Phidile Buthelezi take temperature from Ennid Mankabana at Assembly Hall in Parktown, 11 June 2021, during the vaccine rollout. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

As schools prepare to return to full capacity and healthcare workers in the Sisonke trial are in limbo, the health department has been urged to give more clarity on the status of its Covid-19 vaccine rollout as the country faced yet another setback to its plan. This is because South Africa will have to wait – again – for two million rejected Covid-19 vaccine doses to be replaced. Acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane confirmed that the two million doses of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine manufactured by Janssen pharmaceutical companies and stored in the Aspen Gqeberha factory, will be...