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South Africa has received its first shipment of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine, the country’s health minister said Tuesday. This should make South Africa the first in the world to administer the shot.
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Twitter that South Africa had received a total of 9 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, with the first shipment containing 80,000 shots.
The vaccinations are due to start this week, he added.
About the vaccine: The single-dose vaccine was developed by Janssen, the Belgian vaccines division of Johnson & Johnson, and has been shown to be effective in preventing moderate and serious diseases caused by the South African variant of the coronavirus.
The AstraZeneca vaccine: South Africa has announced that it will share 1 million unwanted doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine with other African Union countries after early data indicated that it offers “minimal protection” against mild and moderate infections from the South African variant.