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

Blow to supply pool, system glitches and inequalities constrain delivery

14 June 2021 - 20:13 By 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...

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