Lesotho purchases J&J vaccine

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By Neo Kolane

Lesotho is expecting 1,156,806 doses of Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine from the African Union (AU), to broaden the number of vaccinations in the country.

Lesotho received 36, 000 vaccines as part of an initial tranche of deliveries of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine licensed to the Serum Institute of India.

Speaking in parliament yesterday, the minister of health, Semano Sekatle revealed that the government of Lesotho has paid a deposit of 15 percent (M25 million) for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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Sekatle added that unlike Astrazeneca which is a two-dose vaccine, the Johnson and Johnson shot is only administered one. 

Sekatle added that Lesotho is also expecting a further 946,253 doses from COVAX facility courtesy of Astrazeneca and Johnson & Johnson.

So far the ministry of health has vaccinated 20,267 people.