Covid-19: 100 000 healthcare workers vaccinated so far

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A healthcare worker receives a dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine against the coronavirus.
A healthcare worker receives a dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine against the coronavirus.
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Covid-19 vaccine availability is expected to increase in the next few months once regulators give the expected go-ahead for Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and Pfizer jabs.

Speaking at a Business for South Africa (B4SA) webinar on vaccine rollout,  Professor Glenda Gray CEO of the South African Medical Research Council and co-principal lead of the J&J trials, said once the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has approved the Pfizer and the commercial  J&J vaccines, the country would be able to ramp up vaccination. 

Currently, vaccination is only open for frontline healthcare workers as part of the J&J implementation study that aims to vaccinate 500 000 people. 

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