Mkhize on Russia's 'successful' COVID-19 vaccine: "It's still early days"

Mkhize on Russia's 'successful' COVID-19 vaccine: "It's still early days"

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has lauded Russia's efforts following the "successful" completion of clinical trials of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Zweli Mkhize
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Mkhize warned that vaccine trials have to undergo multiple phases before they are given the green light.

On Monday, the official Twitter account for the Russian Embassy in South Africa tweeted that "the tests showed vaccine's full safety."

Addressing the media on Tuesday, at the Dr George Mukhari Hospital in Gauteng, Mkhize says its good news - but it's still early days. 

"It's good news, yes, but it's work-in-progress," says Mkhize.

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"So in another year-and-a-half or two, we might probably find that there's a conclusion where these are vaccines are fully proven on the second phase of their trails - where we are now able to establish without any doubt that they can be produced in the millions of quantities so that they are now able to be used in the world. 

"We must watch the space. It's still early days. Its good work that has been done in Russia, but we haven't come to a point where we can go to Russia and source a vaccine and use it for South Africans. 

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