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South Africa approves AstraZeneca vaccine for emergency use

CAPE TOWN — South Africa has approved AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use and is reviewing applications by rival manufacturers, Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer, the medicines regulator said on Wednesday.

“In terms of the AstraZeneca vaccine … this has been granted emergency use (approval) and there will be a press conference with the minister of health on this (later),” said Helen Rees, chairwoman of the South African Health Products board, during a media briefing. (Reporting by Wendell Roelf; editing by Mfuneko Toyana)

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