South Africa’s decision to pause a mass rollout of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine after a study showed it offered reduced protection from the South African variant is “just a temporary delay” and includes a new rollout strategy, the head of South Africa’s Covid-19 advisory committee said Monday.
“This is just a temporarily delay, but the way in which we’re going to roll it out is going to be different in that we’re taking a two-step approach,” epidemiologist Salim Abdool Karim told told the Times Radio.
During a briefing on Sunday, Karim said that “if the vaccine shows not to be effective in reducing hospitalizations then we would need to offer those individuals another effective vaccine – either a booster of that vaccine … or to give them another vaccine. So we can still proceed with our rollout but we need to do it… wisely by taking a stepped approach.”
He stressed the reason for this approach is because “we don’t really know the answer on…
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