Chinese manufacturer Sinovac offers SA 5m vaccines


Chinese coronavirus vaccine manufacturer Sinovac Biotech has offered to supply the SA government with 5-m doses of its CoronaVac shot, which could be provided within weeks, its local partner Numolux said.- Business Day (18 March 2021). Sinovac’s promise of swift delivery comes as the government faces delays in obtaining the vaccines committed by Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and Pfizer, most of which are only expected in the second half of the year. Sinovac’s vaccine has yet to be given the green light by SA’s medicines regulator.

*In November 2020, the SA Police Service (SAPS) raided a warehouse in Germiston east of Johannesburg and discovered a consignment of packages resembling C-19 vaccines. They comprised around 2 400 fake doses and large quantities of counterfeit N95 facemasks that originated from China worth around R6-m ($40 000).

*In February, police in China dismantled a criminal network responsible for producing and selling water as C-19 vaccine shots in Kunshan, eastern China.

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