South Africa not considering terminating J&J contract, minister says

FILE PHOTO: COVID-19 vaccination at Khayelitsha Hospital near Cape Town

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa is not considering terminating its contract with Johnson & Johnson (J&J) for 31 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Wednesday, a day after it suspended its rollout.

The suspension followed U.S. federal health agencies recommending pausing use of the J&J shot because of rare cases of blood clots. The pause in the United States is expected to be a matter of days.

(Reporting by Alexander Winning; Editing by Tanisha Heiberg)

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