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Covid-19: Approval of Russian, Chinese vaccines in SA 'unlikely', say top experts

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A health official holds up a dose of Russia's Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine on January 6, 2021.
A health official holds up a dose of Russia's Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine on January 6, 2021.
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Professor Glenda Gray, president of the South African Medical Research Council and one of the country's foremost scientists, who is running Johnson and Johnson's phase three vaccine trials locally, said it was unlikely the Russian and Chinese vaccines would be approved for use here, unless better safety and efficacy data were forthcoming. 

But South Africans should keep an open mind, and not prejudge the vaccines based on where they came from, Gray added. 

Another expert said the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) would not approve the vaccines if there was no reliable safety and efficacy data linked to the vaccines.

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