Sahpra is testing the efficacy of the Sinopharm jab.
The manufacturers of the Chinese vaccine applied to the South African regulatory body to authorise emergency use.
It’s the second Chinese vaccine — after Sinovac — being tested by Sahpra.
The Russian-made Sputnik vaccine is also being investigated.
There’ve been battles between vaccinologists and the COVID-19 Ministerial Advisory Committee on which vaccines to use in South Africa.