Sahpra Approves Johnson & Johnson Vaccine for Commercial Roll Out

Sahpra Approves Johnson & Johnson Vaccine for Commercial Roll Out

- Sahpra has approved the registration of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine in South Africa

- The registration means that the J&J vaccine can now be rolled out for commercial use in the country

- According to a recent statement by Sahpra, the registration for the vaccine was completed on 31 March

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The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) has granted Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies registration for their Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine. According to a statement by Sahpra, the vaccine was registered on 31 March.

The registration was done in terms of Section 15(6a) of the Medicines and Related Substance Act 101 of 1965. Sahpra said the registration signals a big step in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic in the country.

The registration means that the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine can now be commercially rolled out in South Africa.

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SAHPRA Approves Johnson & Johnson Vaccine for commercial roll-out
Sahpra has approved the registration of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine. Image: PHILL MAGAKOE/AFP
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Take a look at the statement below:

Below are just a few of the responses left by South Africans under the post:

@Jon_M_Berger said:

"Let the jabs begin!"

@afromedwoman wrote:

"Yassssss! Let’s go national roll-out!!"

@LekohD_ shared:

Love your work bafethu."

Previously, reported that Sahpra approved the emergency usage of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. Sahpra said in a statement that the approval was subject to efficacy and safety surveillance.

The country has ordered around 20 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine but the date of arrival has not yet been confirmed. Reports say that SA is the country that has impacted the worst by Covid-19 in Africa.

South Africa has the highest Covid-19 recorded cases and death due to the second wave which was driven by the 501Y.V2 variant dubbed the 'South African variant'.

In other Covid-19 news, reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa had announced the changes made for the Easter period in terms of Covid-19 regulations. Ramaphosa announced a temporary ban on alcohol sales over the Easter weekend.

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Ramaphosa said that the nation is not ready to relax its Covid-19 restrictions over the Easter period. However, the president did have some good news, the country was winning the war against Covid-19 with new infections and deaths continuing to decline and recoveries increasing.

Ramaphosa announced that the government has consulted many sectors of the country in regards to the Easter weekend.

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