SA hits nail on the head with choice of vaccine

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SA hits nail on the head with choice of vaccine

Oxford-AstraZeneca will be easier and cheaper to roll out in SA than many of the top contenders

Senior features writer

When health minister Zweli Mkhize announced on Thursday that the first Covid-19 vaccine SA will get is the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, it was an obvious first choice from the top contenders.

Most importantly, the science shows it works (70.4% efficacy) and it is safe. No severe side effects have been reported in ongoing clinical trials.

Half of the nearly 24,000 participants enrolled in the four randomised controlled trials taking place in Brazil, SA and the UK, from April to November 2020, have already got the vaccine...

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