South Africa sells AstraZeneca vaccines to 17 AU member countries

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has given an update on the sale of South Africa’s AstraZeneca vaccines, confirming that 17 African Union member countries will benefit, however, he did not disclose how much the country has sold them for. In a statement released this morning, the minister said it was a difficult decision for South Africa to stop the rollout of the one million AstraZeneca vaccines after a small local study revealed they were not effective against the 501y.v2 variant. However, Mkhize said it’s gratifying to know that countries like Zimbabwe, South Sudan, Uganda and Nigeria would benefit from our stockpile.