Variant in 7 African states, but rest of continent can use ...


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

Senior features writer

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 ( 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...

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