Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
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24 Jun 2021
7:10 pm

Science over politics: Sahpra sticks to measured vaccine process amid pressure

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

The body held a webinar on Thursday aimed at debunking assumptions about the Covid-19 vaccine approval process.

Russia began rolling out Sputnik V long before proof of its efficacy was published, and China has been criticised for rolling out vaccines without sufficient transparency about clinical trial data. Pictures: AFP

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) says its Covid-19 vaccine approval process is as fast and efficient as it can be. This comes as political pressure has mounted over the last week with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) set to protest outside the health body's headquarters in Tshwane on Friday over the continued wait for the Russian Sputnik V vaccine and others to be approved for use in South Africa. The party also wants Chinese vaccines, Sinopharm and Sinovac, to be approved for use in SA. ALSO READ: DA rejects EFF invitation to join picket at SAHPRA offices...