Tests revealed that the ingredients of the Swedish-British vaccine AstraZeneca were mistakenly mixed with the Johnson & Johnson formula.
South Africa lags behind in vaccination and has just entered the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. On Sunday, June 13, it announced the withdrawal of 2 million Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccines. The reason was“Violation Issues” When manufactured in the United States.
The South African Medicines Agency (Sahpra) said in a statement, “Decided not to distribute vaccines produced from batches of unsuitable pharmaceutical ingredients”.
“We have high hopes for Johnson & Johnson in the vaccination program because it is a single-dose vaccine”At the press conference, he recognized President Cyril Ramaphosa from the G7 summit in the United Kingdom.
The U.S. authorities announced on Friday, “Several batches”Or millions of doses, manufactured in Baltimore, USA, had to stop production a few weeks ago and will have to be discarded. Tests showed that the components of the Swedish-British vaccine AstraZeneca produced in the same factory were mistakenly mixed with Johnson & Johnson’s formula.
South African Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said on Saturday that these two batches represent “Two million doses” It is currently stored in a high-tech laboratory in Port Elizabeth (south). The South African pharmaceutical giant Aspen imports Johnson & Johnson vaccine ingredients from the website and packs them on site.