President Cyril Ramaphosa defends SA's use of J&J vaccine

Speaking at the opening session of the Qatar Economic Forum, Ramaphosa said SA would be going ahead with its vaccination programme using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

2021-06-21 10:33:00 PM

Speaking at the opening session of the Qatar Economic Forum, Ramaphosa said SA would be going ahead with its vaccination programme using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Speaking at the opening session of the Qatar Economic Forum, Ramaphosa said SA would be going ahead with its vaccination programme using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

He said the country was not intending to reduce the number of doses it has purchased from J&J.“[The] Johnson & Johnson vaccine has a number of advantages for us because it's a one-shot jab dose and the others are two doses. So that is preferable for us, particularly because a number of our people are in rural areas and they have to be reached.

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It's better if you reach them once, rather than twice.“The other part of it is that the logistics are much more favourable because the storage thereof is quite good. It's just fridge temperature, rather than very low temperature, so that is conducive for our own situation. So we will not be reducing the 31 million [doses].”

He said the country was, however, looking to add other vaccines like Pfizer, and were looking to also add Sinovac.Ramaphosa said the J&J vaccine was going to be the baseload vaccine, because it's also produced in SA and made by the country's workers in Gqeberha. headtopics.com

Explaining why the country was lagging behind in its rollout of vaccines, Ramaphosa said it had been hit by a number of unfortunate situations.    He said the country was supposed to be among the first out of the blocks when it ordered doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, but its plans were derailed when scientists found a different variant of Covid-19 which rendered the vaccine less effective in SA.

“We were held back but we are going to be back on stream because we are now able to do about 100,000 [shots] a day, 150,000. We will be moving to 250,000 vaccinations a day, so we will catch up the loss; the time that we have lost.”Ramaphosa criticised countries and companies opposed to the

patent waivers of vaccines, saying it was “vaccine nationalism”.“We just don't understand the sense of it all because all we are asking for, together with India, is that there should be a waiver on a three-year period to enable countries that have a capability to be able to produce the vaccines. India and SA have the capability and so do a number of developing economy countries, particularly in the African continent,” he said.

He said it was unfair and unjust for companies and countries to oppose the proposed waivers. Read more: Times LIVE »

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