COVID-19 Vaccine Won’t Be Free Says Wits Prof

Moeti said it was important to emphasize that some countries such as Tunisia, Morocco, Ethiopia and South Africa had some capacity to produce hundreds and millions of doses.

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Coronavirus vaccine may be available early next year, but not for free/Photo File:Screengbrabs

The Professor of Vaccinology Shabir Madhi from Wits, speaking on Africa’s readiness in developing a Covid-19 vaccine, said government was in talks with the private sector to develop and test different vaccines.

The professor was speaking at a briefing with the World Health Organisation on the development of a vaccine in Africa.

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In parts of his address, Madhi said they were currently looking at people aged between 18 and 35 who would participate in the study, to develop a vaccine.

These people should be HIV negative. People with HIV are not excluded from the study, he clarified.

South Africa was among the counties which did have some the capacity to manufacture and produce a vaccine, according to Dr Matshidiso Moeti.

Moeti said it was important to emphasize that some countries such as Tunisia, Morocco, Ethiopia and South Africa had some capacity to produce hundreds and millions of doses.

Madhi, noting that different technology intended for different research would provide an array of research throughout Africa, said it was important to highlight that the research conducted was only based on an Oxford preliminary study.

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The vector-based approach on a COVID-19 vaccine would be taken, meaning equipping the body with adequate immune defence to provide the best immune response.

On the volunteers, for the study, he said their department did not go out looking for volunteers.

 

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