The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has reversed its decision to exclude pregnant and breastfeeding women from the Sisonke Covid-19 vaccine study, reported Business Day (29 April 2021). Researchers and clinicians were shocked by the exclusion of pregnant and breastfeeding women, among the most at-risk groups, as it went against scientific advice previously given to Health Minister Zweli Mkhize. SAHPRA CEO Boitumelo Semete-Makokotlelasaid the organisation had reviewed the available data and reversed its decision on pregnant and breastfeeding women, who can now receive Covid-19 vaccinations in the Sisonke study as well as in the national rollout.

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