European Union returns South Africa-made Johnson & Johnson vaccine

 suspended. He said, “All the vaccines produced at Aspen will stay in Africa and be distributed to Africa. This issue has been corrected and corrected in a very positive way.” According to him, the declaration came after a meeting between South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen in Berlin, and that the first deliveries are due this month. 


The announcement came in response to Africa’s struggle in vaccinating its people against COVID-19, partially due to a paucity of supplies and widespread vaccine reluctance. Wealthy nations have also been attacked for stockpiling vaccinations. During an Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention briefing, Masiyiwa remarked, “In addition, the Europeans committed to give us 200 million doses before the end of December”.

A healthcare worker receives a dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine against the COVID-19 coronavirus as South Africa proceeds with its inoculation campaign at the Klerksdorp Hospital on February 18, 2021. (Photo by Phill Magakoe / AFP)

During the same press conference, John Nkengasong, Africa CDC Director, stated that around 2.93 percent of individuals in the continent had been fully vaccinated against coronavirus. The World Health Organization also cautioned that most African nations were likely to fall short of the critical objective of immunizing the most susceptible 10% of their people against COVID-19 by the end of the month.

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