South Africa considers selling unused AstraZeneca vaccines to other countries

John Tempus

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LMAO

First they bought an obvious scam product more than likely for the kickbacks and then they try and sell it off to other countries who they hope will be are stupid as South Africans.

Talk about spreading the butter on all corners of the bread.
 

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Govt stupidity again, their science on this is so wrong, AZ should be given to everyone at high risk ASAP, not sold to another country. Why not sell them to the public ?
 

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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says there was no wasteful expenditure in the procurement of the AstraZeneca Covid19 vaccine.

Mkhize says the one million vaccine doses which South Africa had procured have been donated to the African Union.

He made the remarks when he participated in a debate on the State of the Nation Address on Tuesday.

Following the delivery of the one million doses AstraZeneca on 1 February, it was discovered that it was not effective against the 501YV2 Covid-19 variant.

Mkhize says while this was disappointing, government is still on track in its Covid-19 vaccination plan.

“We want to refute categorically the speculations in the media that we have returned the stock [AstraZeneca vaccine] to India. We have not,” explains Mkhize.

“AstraZeneca doses which we purchased have been offered to the African Union platform which we are part of and they will be distributed to the countries that already indicated interests and do not have this particular challenge of this variant.”

I am unsure whether it will be donated or be made available to the AU where it may be purchased and then distributed. Time is limited.
 

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Perhaps there were nothing wrong with these vaccines from the onset. Perhaps South African government is involved in a massive criminal network of illegal vaccine trade.
 

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Anban Pillay, deputy director-general at the Department of Health, said South Africa planned to share the 1 million AstraZeneca doses it received at the start of the month from the Serum Institute of India via the African Union (AU).

“The doses are going to be shared with countries on the continent ... via the AU,” Pillay told Reuters, adding that the government would look to recover money spent on the AstraZeneca vaccine but was still finalising how to do that.

Sharing isn't selling.

How many vaccines (AstraZeneca) did we order and receive? We received 500,000, right?
 

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Guess what happened to those unused AZ vaccine doses:
And the African Union redistributed batches originally delivered to South Africa in February, which had a 13 April expiry date.

The South African government decided not to use them, concerned the vaccine offered insufficient protection from the variant prevalent in the country.

New variants causing concern in Africa
And, in late March, the one million doses it had were sold on to the African Union to give to other African countries.

But some, such as South Sudan, say they were not made aware of the expiry date.

Nigeria, meanwhile, said it would be unable to use all the doses in time. So some were reassigned to neighbouring Togo and Ghana.
 

Fulcrum29

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Guess what happened to those unused AZ vaccine doses:

This is odd, sure the AU knew about the expiration date, it is not like the news evaded the global media's attention. The AU redistributes it to South Sudan without expressing to them the expiration date.

Let's step back. This is all due to these countries not having a vaccination plan and the AU should have been aware and have redistributed the vaccine within the applicable vaccination scope submitted by their member states. All it resulted in now is more waste and neglect. Togo and Ghana are going to end up in the same position, with unusable vaccines, redistributed again. There is a warning here, there will be a country which will under desperation use an expired vaccine.
 

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I saw people still fighting about this albeit the efficacy was 30 odd percent or there abouts(SA Variant).. I dunno about most people but i'd be annoyed if gov spent money on anything thats <50% but thats just me.
 

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I saw people still fighting about this albeit the efficacy was 30 odd percent or there abouts(SA Variant).. I dunno about most people but i'd be annoyed if gov spent money on anything thats <50% but thats just me.
Sorry, what? That was efficacy of getting mild to medium symptoms after first dose, after second it was 19/750 got mild to medium symptoms (so 2.5%), it somehow got lost in translation that that 10.4% was no symptoms etc. while the actual thing you should care about was that there were no hospitalizations.

The other thing is that the vaccines with higher efficacy's trials were taken during a trough in terms of number of infections, both the J&J and AZ were during peak new covid cases.
 

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Who one earth would want to buy these?
Zimbabwe?
Oh way :cautious:
Zim is actually doing far better than us, in vaccinations, and despite the worldwide hush on Ivermectin, they actually embraced it. TBH at the rate that our government (who insist on doing it centrally because votes) is going on COVID-19 prophylaxis, we simply cannot compare to our bankrupt neighbor in the North.
 

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Zim is actually doing far better than us, in vaccinations, and despite the worldwide hush on Ivermectin, they actually embraced it. TBH at the rate that our government (who insist on doing it centrally because votes) is going on COVID-19 prophylaxis, we simply cannot compare to our bankrupt neighbor in the North.

Zimbabwe is beating SA on vaccine roll out, but then you ruin the post with Ivermectin crap.

Ivermectin is not a Covid-19 treatment. Unless you really believe that the UN, US, EU and UK are in one some conspiracy, please believe the studies which didn't find that it works.
 

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Zimbabwe is beating SA on vaccine roll out, but then you ruin the post with Ivermectin crap.

Ivermectin is not a Covid-19 treatment. Unless you really believe that the UN, US, EU and UK are in one some conspiracy, please believe the studies which didn't find that it works.
The evidence shows that it has been proven to be effective in both prophylaxis and treatment. This has been debated in another thread, so no need to repeat here. Zimbabweans are better off for it.

Edit: the recent FLCC statement affirms what you refer to as a "conspiracy" as "an active political-economic disinformation campaign".
We can debate further in the thread, but please read the above statement first so that you are up to speed, we don't want to repeat stale 2020 arguments.
 
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