The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has authorized the commercial use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
SAHPRA registered the vaccine with conditions on Wednesday.
The single-dose jab is currently being administered to healthcare workers as part of the country’s phase 1 vaccination rollout.
More than 263,000 health workers have been inoculated since the Sisonke vaccination study was launched on 17 February.
The vaccine has a 57% efficacy in preventing moderate to severe forms of the disease.
Addressing the nation earlier this week, President Cyril Ramaphosa said 11 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine had been secured for the country with about 20 million more planned.
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Mzansi businesswoman and reality show star Shauwn Mkhize and her family are highly spirited, as they express happiness by dancing in a petrol station.
The family had a whole day dedicated to bonding, and the businesswoman shared some photos on social media. However, she wowed followers with a video which she calls; “Madness of my family.” Learn More