Sputnik vaccine still by Health Product Regulatory
According to the latest vaccine news, South African Health Product Regulatory Authorities have rejected the approval of Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine. This is due to concerns it could increase the risk of HIV infection among men.
This decision was based on earlier studies testing the safety of a modified form of adenovirus -- a type of virus that causes respiratory infections -- known as the Ad5 and contained in the Russian jab.
The World Health Organization has not yet given Sputnik V the green light for emergency use, although it is being administered in at least 45 countries.
This comes off the back of the latest news from Government stating that teens from the ages of 12 to 17 are now eligible to receive one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.