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SA paused AstraZeneca, but here’s why volunteers will still take it

This feels like an unexpected bonus of being a volunteer

Senior features writer

South Africans on the trial to test the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine will be offered the vaccine in March — even if the AstraZeneca vaccine is not rolled out as part of the national vaccination programme — the scientists have told the volunteers, including myself.

Dr Edson Makambwa said on Monday, after my fifth visit to the research site at UCT Lung Institute: “AstraZeneca has made the vaccine available for all participants and investigators in the ChAdOx vaccine trial (as it is known in SA).

“Everyone will be unblinded (told whether they got the vaccine or the placebo) and those on the placebo arm will be given an opportunity to decide on whether they want vaccine or not.”..

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