FILE: AstraZeneca/Oxford Covid-19 vaccine
JOHANNESBURG - The World Health Organization has warned against dismissing the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
This follows research showing it's less effective against the variant discovered in South Africa.
And several European nations have refused to authorise this jab for use in people over 65, citing a lack of data proving its efficacy in this age group.
The AstraZeneca vaccine is currently a vital part of the WHO’s Covax programme, which is procuring vaccines to ensure equitable distribution around the world.
AstraZeneca accounts for almost all of the over 300-million doses Covax is preparing to begin shipping to some 145 countries.
The health organisation insists this jab remains an important, life-saving tool in the fight against the coronavirus.