Output of vaccines to be ramped up
Pres Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the C-19 immunisation drive will be ramped up to try to make up for 2-m doses of Johnson & Johnson (J&J) shots that can’t be used due to contamination. According to the President Aspen will start manufacturing another batch and they should be
able to gear up their manufacturing capacity. This follows US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decision to order J&J to discard 60-m doses due to contamination.
SA ordered 31-m doses of J&J vaccines in the expectation that they would be supplied through Aspen, reported Fin24 (14 Jun 2021). It requires only a single shot and are easier to store than the Pfizer/BioNTech two-shot vaccine, which is now being provided.
“But the net effect is that the vaccine rollout under way for all citizens aged 60 years and older cannot be accelerated, said Nicholas Crisp, who is overseeing the programme at the Department of Health. For now it means we will remain at the current level of 80 000-90 000 vaccines a day.”