Stalling the shots: SA’s vaccine rollout runs into obstacles on every side
Blow to supply pool, system glitches and inequalities constrain delivery
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.”..