The New Paper

February 8, 2021

South Africa suspends rollout of AstraZeneca vaccine

South Africa temporarily suspended the rollout of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine after a study showed that it may not be effective against mild to moderate cases of a new strain. The new variant accounts for ~90% of cases in South Africa and was first reported in the US in January. While data is still emerging, researchers have expressed concerns that it may be more transmissible or resistant to current vaccines. 

Extra: The study included ~2,000 participants and has not yet been peer-reviewed.
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