300 000 J&J Vaccines To Be Delivered For Teachers

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Aspen says it will release 300 000 Johnson & Johnson (J&J) doses earmarked for teachers soon. Many calls came for government to prioritise the vaccinations of teachers.


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According to the CEO of Aspen Pharmacare, Stephen Saad, Johnson and Johnson has pledged to export 300 000 doses of vaccine that has been earmarked for South African teachers.

South African regulator, South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA), about 300 000 doses from batches that have been cleared by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) meet the requirements and will subsequently be released and shipped to South Africa.

In a statement released on Monday, Aspen said it was “extremely disappointed” to learn that specific batches of the J&J manufactured at its Gqeberha production site have to be destroyed.

President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed at the G7 Summit in Cornwall in the United Kingdom that the United States regulator, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), found that the active substance (main ingredient) with which two million Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Covid-19 vaccine doses allocated for use in South Africa were made, wasn't safe for consumption.

This was due to the good manufacturing practice risk of isolated material in the drug substance supplied to Aspen by J&J from their contract-manufacturing partner in the United States.

In the next week, Aspen said it expects to release J&J vaccines manufactured from the drug substance that has not been impacted by the contamination.

Over the next few weeks, Johnson & Johnson will be delivering substantial quantities of compliant, finished vaccines to South Africa to replace the lost stock, thereby ensuring the momentum in the South African vaccine initiative is maintained.

The multinational company said further doses of the lifesaving vaccines will become available in July.

“These Johnson & Johnson vaccines released by Aspen will support the vaccination programmes in South Africa and elsewhere in Africa.”


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