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Aspen Pharmacare To Supply First Batch Of J&J COVID-19 Vaccine To South Africa

By John F. Heerdink, Jr.

Reportedly, South Africa’s Aspen Pharmacare is to supply the first batch of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) COVID-19 vaccines to the country from July 26. It is going to be the first set of vaccines to be manufactured in the country from active pharmaceutical ingredients (API), substances that are used to make the final drug product and will be sourced from Europe, Aspen informed.

The country’s vaccination drive suffered in April after U.S. Federal Drug Administration halted production of J&J vaccines at a plant in Baltimore run by Emergent Biosolutions Inc after the doses were found to be contaminated. Under the African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team, the supplies will also be distributed to other African countries as J&J’s has committed to supply 220 million doses of the single-shot vaccine, Aspen informed.

“Supply for Africa and South Africa is particularly rewarding, given the current global inequality in accessing vaccines. This represents a big step forward in ensuring that Africa can address its healthcare priorities,” stated Stephen Saad, chief executive of Aspen  

The country has administered just 60 million vaccine doses in a population of 1.3 billion due to restrictions on shipments from vaccine-producing nations. Its dependence on imports of COVID-19 vaccine has left it vulnerable to repeated waves of the coronavirus, raising demands for vaccine production facilities in the continent. South Africa’s Biovac Institute has entered a deal with Pfizer last week for a “fill and finish” arrangement to produce 100 million vaccines by 2022-23.

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(Read Original Story: UPDATE 1-Aspen to start J&J COVID-19 vaccine supplies to South Africa from Monday in Reuters)


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