Following U.S. Move, South Africa Halts Use of Covid-19 Vaccine

South African Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced that the country will suspend the use of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine as a precautionary measure, but says he is hopeful that it will only be for a few days. The announcement comes after the United States Food and Drug Administration suspended use of the vaccination pending a review of a possible causal link with a rare type of blood clot in the brain that was reported in six women in the U.S. The six reported cases were among more than 6.8 million doses of the J&J vaccine administered in the U.S., CNN reports. In South Africa, the vaccine has already been administered to about 290,000 health workers in South Africa as part of an early access programme called the Sisonke Protocol.

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South African Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize receives the coronavirus vaccine at the Khayelitsha District Hospital, Western Cape on February 16, 2021.

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