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South Africa Turns to Russia and China to Jumpstart National Vaccine Campaign

A healthcare worker holds the Johnson & Johnson vaccine against the COVID-19 coronavirus before administaring it to another healthcare worker. Phill Magakoe / AFP

The South African government confirmed that it will place large orders for COVID-19 vaccines from both Russia and China in an effort to finally gets its faltering vaccination campaign underway.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize told lawmakers in Cape Town on Wednesday that the government will purchase 10 million doses each of Russia’s Sputnik V and China’s Sinopharm vaccines in anticipation that pharmaceutical regulatory authorities will approve those jabs for use.

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