People currently infected with COVID-19 cannot get a vaccine: SAHPRA

1 August 2021, 1:26 PM
The South African Health Products Authority has reiterated that people currently infected with COVID-19 cannot get a vaccine, saying the shot is only able to create antibodies after the person has recovered.  
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