Reportedly, South Africa’s Aspen Pharmacare will stop making COVID-19 vaccines from the end of this month due to a lack of orders. Aspen currently produces vaccines for Johnson & Johnson.
In March, it struck a deal to produce, price, and sell its own-brand version of the shot for African markets. That deal was considered a game-changer for a continent with low vaccine rates. According to the African Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, only a fifth of adults in Africa are fully vaccinated, and demand for shots has failed to materialize.
Aspen has had no orders for its Aspenovax vaccine and has not received orders from Johnson & Johnson beyond August. Without new orders, Aspen would have to shut down all of its 450 million-dose annual production capacity, as per reports.
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