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Covid-19: Second batch of Johnson & Johnson vaccine arrives on SAA flight from Belgium

The SAA airplane carrying the second batch of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine from Belgium arrived at OR Tambo International Airport on Saturday morning.



  • The second batch of the Johnson & Johnson
    vaccine arrived within the nation on Saturday morning.
  • Health Minister Zweli Mkhize stated virtually 64 000
    healthcare employees in the private and non-private sector had been vaccinated in simply
    over per week.
  • He stated FDA approval of the only dose J&J
    vaccine for normal use was anticipated this weekend, paving the way in which for comparable
    approval by Sahpra in just a few weeks.

The South African Airways (SAA) flight carrying the
Johnson & Johnson vaccine from Belgium touched down at OR Tambo
International Airport on Saturday morning.

The flight left on Wednesday night time to fetch at
least 80 000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. Thousands of well being employees have so
far been inoculated with the primary J&J vaccine batch that arrived per week
in the past.

This, as Health Minister Zweli Mkhize introduced
that the nation had reached its first milestone early, vaccinating 63 648
healthcare employees coming into contact with sufferers in the private and non-private
sector, inside simply over per week.

He welcomed the information that the only dose J&J
vaccine was much more efficient than beforehand anticipated, with a 64% efficacy
rate at stopping the extra contagious 501Y.V2 variant.

“We additional welcome the information that the skilled
panel on the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) unanimously beneficial the
vaccine for approval final night time,” stated Mkhize

He stated: 

FDA approval of the only dose J&J vaccine for normal use is predicted this weekend, paving the wave for comparable approval by Sahpra (South African Health Products Regulatory Authority) in just a few weeks.

The transportation of the vaccine drew criticism
from the SAA Pilots’ Association (Saapa). The pilots stated a business flight
scheduled for a similar day may have been utilised to avoid wasting prices for the
beleaguered airline. According to Saapa, the flight may value taxpayers round
R5 million, excluding fee of employees onboard and their lodging in
Brussels.

In a press release, the Department of Public Enterprises
hit again at Saapa, and stated cargo flights can be worthwhile sooner or later.

“Claims by detractors, together with officers of
Saapa and a small clique of ‘commentators’ that the flight was an costly
train, are devoid of the reality and solely seeks to sabotage the continuing
strategic position of SAA Cargo within the nationwide effort to move vaccines and
different useful cargo into the nation.”

Mkhize introduced the arrival of the vaccines on
Tuesday in Parliament throughout a debate on the nation’s rollout plan. He stated
negotiations on vaccine manufacturing had been persevering with with nations similar to
Russia, China and Cuba.

Meanwhile, the AstraZeneca vaccine that first
arrived within the nation, however was discovered to lack efficacy towards the Covid-19
variant, has since been offered to the African Union, Mkhize advised the MPs.



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