South Africa to donate 2 million J&J COVID-19 vaccines to African countries

A health worker administers the Johnson and Johnson coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine to a woman in Houghton, Johannesburg, South Africa, August 20, 2021. REUTERS / Sumaya Hisham / File Photo

JOHANNESBURG, Dec. 17 (Reuters) – South Africa announced Friday that it will donate around 2 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) to other African countries.

The injections will be available over the next year through a medical supplies platform set up by the African Union (AU).

“This donation embodies South Africa’s solidarity with our brothers and sisters on the continent with whom we stand united to fight an unprecedented threat to public health and economic prosperity,” the South African government said in a statement. joint statement with AU task force on vaccines.

AU COVID-19 envoy Strive Masiyiwa said the 2,030,400 donated doses will be distributed to the lowest-income countries as quickly as possible.

South Africa has fully immunized about 38% of adults, more than in many other African countries but well below the government’s year-end target. He recently delayed some vaccine deliveries due to oversupply as the pace of inoculations slowed. Read more

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