(Harare) Zimbabwe on Wednesday approved U.S. Johnson and Johnson’s emergency COVID-19 vaccine, the first vaccine made by a western country to be released in the country affected by a third COVID-19 Wave is plagued.
Posted on Jul 28, 2021 at 2:06 pm
“Based on review of data for quality, safety and effectiveness […], (the vaccine), which is manufactured by Johnson and Johnson, has been granted emergency approval, “Zimbabwe’s Medicines Control Agency said in a letter to the government known to journalists.
Bad relations with the west
In the South African country, which has unfriendly relations with Western countries, only Chinese, Indian and Russian vaccines have so far been approved.
The government had been criticized for refusing an African Union (AU) donation of three million doses of Johnson and Johnson, citing problems with the product’s storage and possible side effects despite the increase in contamination cases and vaccine shortages.
However, the doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine require the same temperature as the Chinese products Sinopharm and Sinovac.
The United States and the European Union have imposed economic sanctions on Zimbabwean companies and individuals for human rights violations for the past decade.
In 2020, President Emmerson Mnangagwa unsuccessfully asked for support from the United Nations in view of the sanctions that he believes are affecting the country’s economic development.
Only 694,600 people were fully vaccinated in Zimbabwe, while 1.5 million out of 14.8 million residents received a first dose.
Zimbabwe has registered more than 70,400 cases of COVID-19, including 3,280 deaths.