The DA has released a statement opposing the suspension of the distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, further claiming that the halt is not justified.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) took to Twitter on Thursday, 15 April 2021, to oppose the announcement of the suspension of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine rollout through the Sisonke Vaccination Programme. The indefinite halt was announced by Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize, due to the Food and Drug Association’s (FDA) findings on how the vaccine allegedly caused blood clots in six women.
The DA stated, “The statistical significance of six people out of close to seven million who have had adverse effects in the United States pales in comparison to the devastating impact a possible third wave of COVID-19 infections could have. Leading academics and experts – who must absolutely lead the decision-making on this – have not been in support of government’s decision in this regard. It then begs the question why such a drastic step has been taken.”
Before concluding the statement, the leading opposition party suggested that the reason stated for the halt may not be entirely true. This follows reports of a supposed breakdown in communication between the Health Department and the Johnson & Johnson team.
See the post below.
The DA is opposed to the decision and subsequent announcement made by Min. Mkhize, to halt the rollout of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to the remaining healthcare workers who are yet to be vaccinated 2 months into the trial phase. – @Siviwe_G#VaccineNowhttps://t.co/EpbXj4C0GH
— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) April 15, 2021