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The discovery of a new and more contagious COVID-19 variant derailed South Africa’s plans to begin immunising its health workers with the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, which proved less effective against the new strain.
By mid-December, the country entered its second wave of the pandemic, at its peak recording 20,000 new infections a day.
For now, South Africa is using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which was shown to be more effective and will instead distribute its batch of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines to other African countries.
Al Jazeera’s Fahmida Miller reports from a lab in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
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