Head of vaccines MAC hits back at experts who said government should have rolled out AstraZeneca

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Professor Barry Schoub during his interview with News24.
Professor Barry Schoub during his interview with News24.
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Professor Barry Schoub, the head of the Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) on vaccines, has come out strongly against experts who suggested that the country should have rolled out the AstraZeneca vaccine as part of its efforts to tackle Covid-19.

He said rolling out that vaccine "would clearly seriously damage the worryingly fragile public trust and fuel vaccine hesitancy".

One million doses of the vaccine were delivered to the country. When it was found AstraZeneca was not efficacious against the 501Y.V2 variant that was circulating in South Africa, its rollout was halted and the vaccines were sold to the African Union.

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