SAHPRA investigating ‘adverse effects’ from J&J and Pfizer jabs


The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) is investigating adverse findings reported from administering the Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer vaccines in SA.

As of July 7, the regulator had received about 1 500 safety reports, 564 for the Pfizer vaccine, 930 for the J&J vaccine, reported TimesLive (22 July 2021).

SAHPRA CEO Dr Boitumelo Semete- Makokotlela told Parliament’s health committee that causes of deaths are being investigated, adding that these fatalities do not, at this point, outnumber what you would see generally in the public. On the use of ivermectin for treating Covid-19, SAHPRA continues to monitor studies being conducted worldwide. She said so far, there is no evidence that there is clinical benefit and the position remains that it should be used under controlled mechanisms.

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