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Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines made in South Africa will stay in Africa

Sep 02, 2021

Britain is offering a third dose of a coronavirus vaccine to up to half a million people who have severely weakened immune systems to give them additional protection.

The government’s vaccine advisers say people over 12 years old with conditions such as leukemia, advanced HIV and recent organ transplants will be offered a third jab.

Prof. Wei Shen Lim of the official Joint Committee on Vaccine and Immunization says the move aims to reduce the risks of hospitalization and death for the severely immunosuppressed, a population estimated at 400,000 to 500,000 people, or less than one per cent of the total population.

The offer is separate to decisions on a wider vaccine booster program, details of which haven’t been confirmed. Health Secretary Sajid Javid says that booster program, which prioritizes older age groups, is still planned to start this month.

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