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Stalling the shots: SA’s vaccine rollout runs into obstacles on every side

Blow to supply pool, system glitches and inequalities constrain delivery

Claire Keeton and Tanya Farber

The discarding of two million doses of the J&J Covid-19 vaccine, meant for SA’s faltering vaccine rollout, is a blow to the supply pool, which will affect all planning — public and private — across all provinces.

The vials had to be disposed of because of contamination at a US factory, which may have contaminated the ingredients supplied to the Aspen plant in Gqeberha, where the J&J vaccine is being manufactured. President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday that Aspen would begin with new batches this week.

Sisonke co-principal investigator Prof Glenda Gray told Sunday Times Daily on Monday: “None of our vaccine batches in Sisonke came from there (the contaminated batches). Our batches were investigational material.”..

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