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  • as a South African nurse.

  • Lerato and Tansy sometimes vaccinates others, but she says there's no way she'll take a covert 19 shot, even though experts say it's safe.

  • Hell, no, We will not be taking this vaccine until there are clinical trials that assures healthcare workers that indeed this vaccine is safe.

  • Data has shown an AstraZeneca vaccine, one million doses of which arrived in South Africa a week ago offers minimal protection against mild to moderate infection by the dominant variant in the country.

  • That's prompted the government to pause a roll out of the vaccine, and it's only added to um, tons is skepticism.

  • But experts say the AstraZeneca vaccine should still protect against severe disease on death from Cove in 19, Professor Shabby Ahmadi, a vaccine ologists at the University of It Bottas Rand, who led South Africa's analysis of the AstraZeneca vaccine, says the shot still has a role to play in Africa and across the world.

  • It doesn't make any sense to have a million doses of vaccine available to us, which are known to be safe and not to start distributing it at least virus groups.

  • But mistrust is still high, Thean Darboe nurses union to which I'm tons He belongs, has advised its 17,000 members to boycott the vaccine, and a poll by the University of Johannesburg suggested a third of South Africans would refuse it on the streets of Johannesburg Thought, Oh, Mileti says She's one of them.

  • No, I will not be taking the vaccine.

  • I am not comfortable at all about it, and I will not advise anyone to go for it unless you brave enough.

  • But for me, it's enough.

  • Such concerns are not uncommon on a continent where big pharmaceutical companies have run dubious clinical trials in the past, resulting in deaths in South Africa.

  • Trust in the government's handling of the pandemic has also deteriorated over perceived failures, such as a shortage of protective equipment on allegations of corruption in covert 19 relief contracts.

as a South African nurse.

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