South African Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said in a written statement that the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) take seriously the recommendation to temporarily stop the use of the vaccine.
Noting that there has been no blood clotting in those who have been vaccinated in South Africa so far, Mkhize stated that they decided to suspend use as a precaution.
Mkhize also noted that they expect research and negotiations on the safety of the vaccine to end within a few days and that the vaccine will not be completely withdrawn from use.
South Africa’s decision came hours after the CDC and FDA asked the country to suspend the use of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine due to the unusual clotting that occurred in 6 women 6 to 13 days after vaccination.
South Africa, which previously gave up using AstraZeneca vaccines on the grounds that it was ineffective against the variant in the country, is the country where the epidemic is most common in the continent.
In the country where 1 million 559 thousand Covid-19 cases are seen, the number of people who lost their lives is 53 thousand 356.