PRETORIA— South Africa has sold a million doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine for distribution in 14 fellow African nations, the health minister announced.
South Africa last month suspended its vaccination program, which had started with AstraZeneca jabs after doubts were raised over that vaccine’s efficacy against a local variant of Covid-19.
Pretoria instead announced its intention to sell its AstraZeneca doses to the African Union (AU).
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that “the first batch of vaccines that are being delivered will benefit 9 (AU) member states. The balance will be collected this week to be delivered to 5 other countries”.