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Zweli MkhizeBL Premium reports that Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that Sisonke Covid-19 vaccine trial of health workers will start again on Wednesday, while the sites offering vaccinations will be expanded to 95 from 18.

The SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) has declared the J&J vaccine safe and has given the go ahead to start using it again after a temporary pause in the trial, but adding new conditions to the rollout. Sahpra now requires health workers to be informed of the risk of blood clots and to be screened for a previous history of clots. Almost 300,000 health workers received the vaccine before the pause but no cases of blood clots have been recorded. The vaccination of some other citizens is set to start in the middle of May. Half a million people over 60 have already registered on the electronic database to receive vaccines. Mkhize also said on Monday he was “thrilled” to announce that the first 1.1-million doses of the J&J vaccines were ready for dispatch from Aspen’s Gqeberha plant where they were being packaged. Once quality assurance processes had been completed by the SA National Control Laboratory for Biological Products, the vaccines would be dispatched to 900 distribution sites across SA.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Katharine Child at BusinessLive (paywall access only)

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