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South Africa halts J&J vaccine rollout pending probe, says Mkhize

More than 289 000 people have received the inoculations in SA.
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize. Image: GCIS

South Africa has halted the rollout of Johnson & Johnson vaccines after health agencies in the US recommended it’s suspension, citing concerns about rare and severe blood clotting side effects.

South Africa will suspend its vaccine rollout “until the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is sufficiently interrogated,” Health Minister Zweli Mkhize told reporters on Tuesday. “We hope that the deliberations will only take a few days. Given the preliminary literature on hand, our scientists are confident that the FDA decision is only on a precautionary basis and we expect that this will not result in the complete withdrawal of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine from the vaccination armament.”

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Six women between the ages of 18 and 48 were found to have the blood clotting side effects according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration. As of April 12, more than 6.8 million doses of the vaccine have been administered, the agencies said Tuesday in a joint statement.

More than 289 000 people have received the Johnson & Johnson inoculations as part of the government’s vaccine rollout in South Africa. No adverse blood clotting side effects have been recorded as a result of the vaccine, Mkhize said.

“We don’t anticipate that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine would be halted permanently,” he said. “We believe it’s a matter that will be cleared in a matter of days.”

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Hey! Just get on with it man. You are killing way more than 1 in a million people at present.

Good excuse though for a rollout that is not rolling.

TSK!!!

So herd immunity now postponed till last quarter 2043

Phew..luckily our gov has yet another excuse for non performance of a vaccine policy. Or perhaps they know something we don’t about the veracity of our BCG vaccination and HIV Anti retro drug policy. I’m hoping it’s the latter and most SA are naturally immune!

The first lot that got on sold to the AU. Who made money out of that? Time will tell.

Such a perfect scam, use tax money to buy useless vaccine then let a cadre on sell for his pocket. So transparent it is perfect.

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