Variant in 7 African states, but rest of continent can use Oxford vaccine
Nations should avoid vaccine if variant is driving new cases, but those not reporting it should be targeted: expert
African countries are advised not to roll out the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine if the coronavirus variant, first identified in SA as N501Y.V2, proves in scientific studies to be their dominant strain, Africa CDC (https://africacdc.org/covid-19/) director Dr John Nkengasong said on Thursday.
He noted, however, that SA is the only country — of the seven which have reported the variant — where it has been proved to be dominant and the AstraZeneca deployment put on hold.
Botswana, Comoros, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique and Zambia are the other countries reporting this variant...