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Zimbabwe approves Johnson & Johnson vaccine as third virus wave rages

HARARE (NOA) — Zimbabwe on Wednesday approved the US-made Johnson and Johnson Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use, the first Western-manufactured jab to be administered in the country amid a spiraling third wave of infections.

The only vaccines so far approved in the southern African country — which has frosty relationship with some western nations, including the US — are made in China, Russia and India.

But the government came under fire for turning down an African Union (AU) donation of three million J&J doses in June — citing storage issues and possible side-effects — despite surging cases and vaccine shortages.

And now, “based on the review of the submitted quality, safety and efficacy data, emergency use authorization has been granted for (the vaccine) manufactured by Johnson and Johnson,” the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe said in a letter to the Zimbabwean government.

 

News of Africa.