Tuesday February 16, 2021
Hardly any effect on mutant
South Africa asks for vaccine withdrawal
South Africa has asked the Serum Institute of India (SII) to withdraw one million doses of Astrazeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine. This is reported by the Indian newspaper “Economic Times”. A confirmation from the South African government has not yet been received.
The company has not yet commented on the report either.
The SII is the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer and produces Astrazeneca’s vaccine. A clinical study last week, however, showed that the agent only offers minimal protection against mild and moderate illnesses after infection with the coronavirus variant B.1.351, which is prevalent in South Africa.
The South African health minister had therefore announced that the country would suspend the introduction of the vaccine.
South Africa received one million doses of vaccine from SII last week. Another delivery of 500,000 cans should arrive in the country in the next few weeks.
The Ministry of Health recently announced that this will be administered in a so-called implementation study. In the planned first phase of the vaccination campaign, around 1.25 million health workers are to be vaccinated. It has been proven that the Johnson & Johnson vaccination is effective against the variant prevalent in South Africa, it said. “
The necessary approval procedures for use in South Africa are currently ongoing.”