S.Africa says it will ask COVAX whether can swap 500,000 AstraZeneca doses

PUBLISHED: Wed, 10 Feb 2021 10:57:01 GMT

JOHANNESBURG, Feb 10 (Reuters) – South Africa will discuss with the international COVAX vaccine scheme whether it can swap 500,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses it has ordered from the Serum Institute of India but which are yet to arrive, its health minister said on Wednesday.

“The 500,000 that was ordered, we have actually contacted the Serum Institute, and we will actually be discussing with COVAX whilst it has not been delivered whether it is possible to swap it on COVAX and therefore get a different vaccine,” Zweli Mkhize said.

(Reporting by Alexander Winning and Wendell Roelf Editing by Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo)

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