Coronavirus variants have new names: we can finally stop stigmatising countries
Coronavirus variants have new names: we can finally stop stigmatising countries

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced a new naming system for the coronavirus that uses Greek letters to refer to the different variants...

By Ed Feil 3 Jun 2021

Covid-19 has shown that following the same road will lead the world over a precipice
Covid-19 has shown that following the same road will lead the world over a precipice

Despite the tragic deaths, suffering and sadness that it has caused, the pandemic could go down in history as the event that rescued humanity. It has created a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reset our lives and societies onto a sustainable path...

By Ian Goldin 2 Jun 2021

Nurses Maxine MacNamara (left), Clare Wepener, and Nicky Krynauw, who work at Life Healthcare’s Vincent Pallotti Hospital in Pinelands. Photos: Ashraf Hendricks
What it's like being a nurse during a pandemic

"It is always hectic in the trauma ward, but what happened during the peak of the pandemic will always stick with me ... We kept getting patients who were already dead"...

By James Stent & Mary-Anne Gontsana 2 Jun 2021

Could a simple pill beat Covid-19? Pfizer is giving it a go
Could a simple pill beat Covid-19? Pfizer is giving it a go

While the focus has been largely on vaccines, you might have also heard Pfizer is trialling a pill to treat Covid-19...

By Peter Wark 1 Jun 2021

President Cyril Ramaphosa
SA moves to adjusted Covid-19 Alert Level 2

South Africa has moved to Adjusted Alert Level 2 today to combat the rising number of Covid-19 infections in some regions of the country...

31 May 2021

Mark Ainsworth, head, coronavirus research, Schroders
How much of a threat is the India variant?

The news of vaccines sparked joy and relief in many countries, as hopes grew about an end to the pandemic. However, the growth in variants globally has recently dampened spirits...

28 May 2021

Bonitas opens private vaccine sites
Bonitas opens private vaccine sites

The first of Bonitas Medical Fund's 30 planned vaccinations sites opened in Roodepoort, Gauteng, last week, from which the fund anticipates initially administering approximately 440 vaccines per day...

By Lee Callakoppen, Issued by Bonitas 26 May 2021

Health minister, Zweli Mkhize
Mkhize: R150m Digital Vibes contract was irregular, denies friendship with directors

The R150m Covid-19 and National Health Insurance communications service contract awarded to Digital Vibes was "irregular" and that disciplinary action against all those implicated is underway...

26 May 2021

Targeting communications to counter Covid misinformation
Targeting communications to counter Covid misinformation

An international study to track where young people are getting their information about Covid-19 and how and what they are sharing across their extensive global networks, was conducted across 24 countries by agency Wunderman Thompson, University of Melbourne and Pollfish survey platform, in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO)...

Issued by Wunderman Thompson 26 May 2021

Covid-19: why critically ill patients in Africa are taking a bigger hit
Covid-19: why critically ill patients in Africa are taking a bigger hit

In March 2020, those of us living on the African continent were terrified about what would happen. We had watched Wuhan and then Italy get overrun by Covid-19...

By Bruce M Biccard 25 May 2021

How South Africa is tracking adverse reactions to Covid-19 vaccines
How South Africa is tracking adverse reactions to Covid-19 vaccines

South Africa has begun the second phase of its public vaccination campaign, targeting people aged 60 or older...

24 May 2021

Beware of Covid-19 vaccine scams
Beware of Covid-19 vaccine scams

McAfee has warned that cybercriminals are selling fake Covid-19 vaccines, fake vaccination cards, and fake test results on the dark web...

21 May 2021

The Lancet has published the results of an analysis of how critically ill Covid-19 patients did at 64 hospitals in Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Libya, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, and South Africa. Illustration: Lisa Nelson
Africa has a higher death rate among critically ill Covid-19 patients than anywhere else

Death rates among adults in the 30 days after being admitted to critical care with suspected or confirmed Covid-19 was considerably higher (48%) in 10 African countries, compared to the global average of 31.5%...

By Elsabé Brits 21 May 2021

Uber committing rides to the vaccination centres across SA
Uber committing rides to the vaccination centres across SA

Uber has committed 10 million free or discounted trips to make sure that transportation is not a barrier to getting the vaccine...

Issued by Uber 21 May 2021

Mahlale Innovation Consortium opens ventilator design competition for SA students
Mahlale Innovation Consortium opens ventilator design competition for SA students

An alliance of five Higher Education Institutions (HEI) has been formed to contribute to the National Ventilator Project, and is now challenging student designers and engineers to demonstrate new and creative ways digital manufacturing can add value...

21 May 2021

Calls to restrict alcohol sales disregard state of the SA economy - Salba
Calls to restrict alcohol sales disregard state of the SA economy - Salba

The South African Liquor Brandowners Association says the proposed restrictions on alcohol advertising and other alcohol policy interventions are irrelevant to the national response...

21 May 2021

In It Together: Cotton On partners with Unicef to help deliver 1 million Covid-19 vaccines to the world's most vulnerable
In It Together: Cotton On partners with Unicef to help deliver 1 million Covid-19 vaccines to the world's most vulnerable

The Cotton On Group is the first global retailer to partner with Unicef in helping to deliver one million Covid-19 vaccines to the world's most vulnerable...

Issued by Cotton On Group 20 May 2021

How Covid has rocked retirement savings
How Covid has rocked retirement savings

Accessing retirement saving early to cover the shortfall and stopping retirement savings altogether are two of the alarming trend emerging in a Transunion survey.

18 May 2021

Archbishop Desmond Tutu leaves after receiving his coronavirus (Covid19) vaccination in Cape Town, South Africa, May 17, 2021. Reuters/Mike Hutchings
"It's going to change our country": South Africa starts vaccinating over-60s

Hope and excitement gripped the Munsieville care home in the South African mining city of Krugersdorp on Monday, when people over the age of 60 were called to receive the Covid-19 vaccine for the first time...

By Akhona Matshoba & Shafiek Tassiem 18 May 2021

Credit: Nataliya via Pexels
Clicks confirms 47 vaccination sites, 520 more pending approval

Clicks has received approval from the National Department of Health to offer 47 vaccination sites nationally, with a further 520 awaiting approval for registration...

17 May 2021

Covid third wave concerns - Sapics highlights medical oxygen supply chain challenges
Covid third wave concerns - Sapics highlights medical oxygen supply chain challenges

According to the World Health Organisation, affordable and sustainable access to oxygen has been a growing challenge in low- and middle-income countries since the start of the pandemic.

17 May 2021

Mass Covid-19 vaccine rollout launches, as third wave looms
Mass Covid-19 vaccine rollout launches, as third wave looms

The next of South Africa's Covid-19 vaccine programme rollsout today, as the rates of infection in parts of the country start to rapidly climb...

17 May 2021

Dis-Chem prepped for vaccination rollout with 32 sites secured
Dis-Chem prepped for vaccination rollout with 32 sites secured

Dis-Chem Pharmacies has confirmed its readiness for Covid-19 vaccination rollout...

14 May 2021

Fungal infections might be dangerous to Covid-19 patients with severe symptoms in ICU
Fungal infections might be dangerous to Covid-19 patients with severe symptoms in ICU

Covid-19 patients who end up on ventilators in intensive care units are at risk of contracting an invasive fungal infection that might influence their outcomes...

14 May 2021

Health minister, Zweli Mkhize
Covid-19 highlights need to invest in health system resilience

The learnings from the Covid-19 global pandemic have highlighted the need to ensure that the long-term resilience of the health system to respond to future outbreaks...

14 May 2021

Protesters gather in Cambridge to demand that AstraZeneca shares blueprints for its Covid-19 vaccine. Luciana Guerra/PA Images via Getty Images
Trips waiver: US support is a major step but no guarantee of Covid-19 vaccine equity

In a momentous shift, the US recently agreed to support a waiver of the Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (Trips) agreement ...

By Erin Hannah, James Scott, Silke Trommer & Sophie Harman 13 May 2021

Who are the people most likely to be SA's Covid super-spreaders?
Who are the people most likely to be SA's Covid super-spreaders?

There are those that are largely adhering to Covid-19 preventative measures, and those that show only limited adherence to the recommended guidelines. It is this latter group that should be of concern as they are potentially super-spreaders of Covid-19...

By Andrea Rademeyer, Issued by Ask Afrika 13 May 2021

Solidarity Fund calls on SA to come together in preparation for vaccine rollout
Solidarity Fund calls on SA to come together in preparation for vaccine rollout

The Solidarity Fund is asking South Africans to come together in its new integrated marketing and communication campaign...

13 May 2021

Should we vaccinate all returned travellers in hotel quarantine? It's no magic fix but it could reduce risks
Should we vaccinate all returned travellers in hotel quarantine? It's no magic fix but it could reduce risks

You only have to prevent one case, which could have otherwise led to community spread and lockdown, for such a scheme to pay for itself many times over...

13 May 2021

15 facts about the Covid vaccine
15 facts about the Covid vaccine

Although the vaccine rollout for healthcare workers has begun, myths and misinformation continue to circulate around its development, efficacy and just how the vaccine will help manage or mitigate the spread of the virus. Lee Callakoppen, principal officer of Bonitas Medical Fund shares 15 facts about the vaccine...

Issued by Bonitas 11 May 2021



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