That’s what a senior health official has told the Business Day newspaper. The decision was postponed from Friday to this week. J&J’s vaccines are central to the government’s rollout plans as they require only a single shot and are easier to store than the Pfizer/BioNTech double-shot vaccine, that is now being provided. Meanwhile, South Africa may receive an additional 480 000 Johnson & Johnson doses, but only if the US regulator finds it to be uncontaminated.
The US Food & Drug Administration’s delayed update on the manufacturing conditions at a US factory, which halted the release of millions of doses of the coronavirus vaccine of Johnson & Johnson worldwide, may come as early as today.