WHO, Gavi not planning COVID vaccine buys from S.Africa’s Aspen

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By Promit Mukherjee and Jennifer Rigby JOHANNESBURG/LONDON (Reuters) -The World Health Organization (WHO) and its COVID-19 vaccine partner Gavi have no immediate plans to buy shots made by Aspen Pharmacare, the two bodies said, dealing a blow to Africa’s efforts to develop its own vaccine production capacity. Aspen completed a deal in March to package, sell and distribute Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine in what was lauded as a game-changing moment for an under-vaccinated continent frustrated by sluggish Western handouts. But the South African company’s expectations of high demand in Africa, where …

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