Chinese, Russian vaccines almost in SA, but don’t get too excited

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Chinese, Russian vaccines almost in SA, but don’t get too excited

The virus used in making the Sputnik vaccine, for instance, could pose a risk to uncircumcised men living with HIV

Senior features writer

SA’s negotiations to secure the Sputnik V and Sinovac Covid-19 vaccines are “at an advanced stage”, but even if millions of doses are secured, they may not be the magic bullet needed to ramp up the rollout.

The SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) in a statement on Monday said its evaluation of the CoronaVac application was at a “very advanced stage”.

“Sahpra has ... received applications for CoronaVac (manufactured by Sinovac) and the Sputnik V (manufactured by the Gamaleya Research Institute) vaccines. The evaluation of the CoronaVac application is at a very advanced stage. Furthermore, reports recently made available by the WHO that articulate the basis for the emergency-use listing, are being considered.”..

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