South Africa and India in battle over vaccines

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A box of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. Picture: Yves Herman/Reuters
A box of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. Picture: Yves Herman/Reuters


The Serum Institute of India delivered vaccines that will soon expire, leaving SA with no way to undertake its two-dose inoculation programme in time.

A tense standoff is brewing between South Africa and India over the refusal by the Serum Institute of India (SII) to replace the consignment of Covid-19 vaccines that were delivered to South Africa at the beginning of the month with new ones that have an appropriate expiry date.

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