State confirms talks with Aspen for vaccine

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State confirms talks with Aspen for vaccine

It is in discussions with SA pharmaceutical giant in an effort to get ahead in the race for a vaccine

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The SA government is in discussions with SA pharmaceutical giant Aspen over access to a Covid-19 vaccine.

Last week it emerged that 300 million doses of the vaccine, developed by global health-care giant Johnson & Johnson, are to be produced at Aspen’s plant in Port Elizabeth.

Aspen said in a statement the deal would depend on the completion of Johnson & Johnson’s phase three clinical trials. Vials and syringes would then be filled at Aspen’s facility from a bulk supply of vaccine from Johnson & Johnson, after which they would be distributed through the pharma giant’s global supply chain...

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