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SA’s medicines regulator has confirmed that one of the conditions attached to its approval of Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J)  Covid-19 vaccine restricts its sale to the national government, Business Day has learnt. 

This means that neither provincial governments nor private-sector entities, such as large employers or pharmacies, can buy directly from the vaccine manufacturer, even if it were willing to sell directly to them. J&J and several other vaccine manufacturers have previously indicated they will only sell to the national, but private-sector players have been hopeful that this position will shift at some point...

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