AstraZeneca can’t sell C-19 vaccines in SA

13 Jan 2021

 Meanwhile, government claimed in September 2020 to have initiated talks with AstraZeneca and did not confirm any discussions with SII.

Last week Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced that SII will provide SA with 1.5-m doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, sparking questions over when the request was made to the SII and why only 1.5-m doses were asked for. Apparently SII only applied for the emergency use authorisation of the vaccine with the SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) on January 4.