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African Union drops plans to buy Covid-19 vaccines from SSI, pivots to J&J

PUBLISHED: Thu, 08 Apr 2021 09:02:05 GMT

NAIROBI, April 8 (Reuters) – The African Union has dropped plans to buy Covid-19 vaccines from the Serum Institute of India and is exploring options with Johnson & Johnson, the head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention told reporters on Thursday.

The institute will still supply the AstraZeneca vaccine to Africa through the COVAX vaccine-sharing facility, said Dr John Nkengasong, but the African Union would seek additional supplies from Johnson & Johnson. (Reporting by Maggie Fick; Writing by Katharine Houreld; Editing by Alex Richardson)

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