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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 equityArticle

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

Erin Hannah, James Scott, Silke Trommer & Sophie Harman 3 days ago

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 risksArticle

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...

12 May 2021

Sudanese search for oxygen cylinders as Covid third wave swells
Sudanese search for oxygen cylinders as Covid third wave swellsArticle

Sudan is struggling to provide hospital beds, drugs and medical oxygen to Covid-19 patients hit by a third wave of infections that is straining the country's patchy healthcare system beyond what it can cope with...

Khalid Abdelaziz 11 May 2021

Covid-19 vaccination strategies have been affected by supply woes. Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-NC
Ghana's Covid-19 vaccine rollout is struggling to keep up with its great startArticle

Ghana became the first country globally to receive a vaccine shipment from the Covax facility...

Godfred Boafo 29 Apr 2021

The world spends billions on treated mosquito nets each year. Irene Abdou / Alamy Stock Photo
New malaria vaccine proves highly effective - and Covid shows how quickly it could be deployedArticle

Coronavirus vaccines have been developed and deployed in record time, but as global rollout has progressed, too few doses have been made available in low-income countries...

Adrian Hill 26 Apr 2021

Professor Shabir Madhi
Covid-19 is here to stayArticle

South Africa's Covid-19 death rate is likely to be three times higher than the official figures

21 Apr 2021

Phase 2 of vaccine rollout set for 17 May
Phase 2 of vaccine rollout set for 17 MayArticle

Health minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, has announced that the second phase of the country's vaccination will begin on 17 May, as millions of doses of vaccine are set to land on South African shores over the next few weeks...

9 Apr 2021

A healthcare worker administers an Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine to her colleague at Mutuini Hospital in Nairobi. Kenya on March 3, 2021. Photo by Dennis Sigwe/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
Kenya's Covid-19 vaccine rollout has got off to a slow start: the gaps, and how to fix themArticle

Kenya has started the first phase of its Covid-19 vaccination strategy. This was made possible by the delivery of just over one million AstraZeneca vaccines that arrived in two batches...

Catherine Kyobutungi 9 Apr 2021

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New Covid variants have changed the game, and vaccines will not be enough. We need global 'maximum suppression'Article

At the end of 2020, there was a strong hope that high levels of vaccination would see humanity finally gain the upper hand over SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19...

Salim Abdool Karim 6 Apr 2021

Covid vaccine weekly: AstraZeneca supplies and efficacy under the microscope again
Covid vaccine weekly: AstraZeneca supplies and efficacy under the microscope againArticle

Disputes over the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine have dominated the week, just as they have at various points over the past few months...

Rob Reddick 29 Mar 2021

Solar energy is an invaluable resource in rural areas like this facility in Gambia. Gavi/2018/Guido Dingemans
Solar technologies can speed up vaccine rollout in Africa. Here's howArticle

There's hope that some industrialised countries will achieve near-universal vaccination against Covid-19 in the coming months...

Cyrus Sinai & Rob Fetter 23 Mar 2021

Dr Cyprian Ngong, a staff member of National Hospital, Abuja, receives Covid-19 vaccine. Adam Abu-basha/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Nigeria at sixes and sevens on Covid-19 vaccine rolloutArticle

Nigeria has started to vaccinate people after receiving its first batch of Covid-19 vaccines. Virologist and senior research fellow Dr Solomon Bakarey provides some insights on how the country should go about the rollout plan...

Solomon Bakarey 15 Mar 2021

Kenya’s health minister Mutahi Kagwe next to the country’s first batch of Covid-19 vaccines at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. EPA-EFE/Daniel Irungu
The ins and outs of Kenya's Covid-19 vaccine rollout planArticle

With the arrival of vaccines in the country, Kenya is set to begin its Covid-19 vaccination roll-out...

Catherine Kyobutungi 8 Mar 2021

There’s much that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s government has yet to explain to South Africans about the Covid-19 vaccine procurement. Getty Images
What South Africans should know, but don't, about government's Covid-19 vaccine procurementArticle

The Covid-19 pandemic has again highlighted the challenges facing public procurement in South Africa...

Geo Quinot 3 Mar 2021

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is effective against the strain of SARS-CoV-2 that is dominant in South Africa. Illustration: Lisa Venter
Johnson & Johnson vaccine looks excellent for South Africa in first published detailed analysisArticle

Interim results from clinical trials of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be presented to the United States' Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday 26 February in an effort to obtain an emergency licence for its distribution...

Michael Cherry 25 Feb 2021

Study finds that not enough South Africans are prepared to be vaccinated against Covid-19
Study finds that not enough South Africans are prepared to be vaccinated against Covid-19Article

South Africans are torn with regards to whether or not they get vaccinated against Covid-19. According to the Ask Afrika Covid-19 Tracker study, just over half of respondents (52%) said they planned to get vaccinated when the vaccine roll-out programme reaches them...

Andrea Rademeyer, Issued by Ask Afrika 19 Feb 2021

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How the coronavirus mutates and what this means for the future of Covid-19Article

The recent appearance of new variants of SARS-CoV-2 (the coronavirus causing Covid-19 infections), that may be associated with increased transmission of the virus and disease severity...

Ed Rybicki, Anna-Lise Williamson, Don Cowan & Stephanie G Burton 17 Feb 2021

Clinical trials with human volunteers done in South Africa must get approval from the health products regulator. Felix Dlangamandla/Beeld/Gallo Images via Getty Images
Explainer: how South Africa regulates medicines and vaccinesArticle

National medicines regulatory authorities are gatekeepers that protect the public from unnecessary harm from health products. They do so in the best tradition of the injunction to "do no harm"...

Andy Gray 11 Feb 2021

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Healthcare workers to receive J&J jabArticle

Phase one of vaccine rollout could commence as soon as next week with healthcare workers receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine instead of an AstraZeneca jab...

10 Feb 2021

Many countries around the world, like Bangladesh, have started Covid-19 vaccination. Kazi Salahuddin Razu/NurPhoto via Getty Images
South Africa didn't take advantage of its role in Covid-19 vaccine trials: why it should haveArticle

Covid-19 vaccine supplies are available in various parts of the world. But it's clear that distribution is not symmetrical...

Keymanthri Moodley & Theresa Rossouw 10 Feb 2021

Dr Zweli Mkhize, South African health minister
AstraZeneca shot on hold, data shows lower efficacy against SA variantArticle

Plans to rollout the AstraZeneca vaccine have been paused after trials showed it to be less effective against mild to moderate forms of the B.1.351 coronavirus variant first identified in South Africa...

8 Feb 2021

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Covid vaccine weekly: developing boosters for new mutationsArticle

There's now another dimension to the race to get people vaccinated. The coronavirus is mutating, potentially making current vaccines less effective against it...

Rob Reddick 8 Feb 2021

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Safeguard procurement, distribution and administration of vaccines against corruptionArticle

The rollout of Covid-19 vaccines in South Africa is viewed with more than a little scepticism...

2 Feb 2021

A health worker treats a patient at a temporary field hospital set up by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) during the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak in Khayelitsha township near Cape Town, South Africa, July 21, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
Rural SA nurses fear being forgotten in vaccine roll-outArticle

JOHANNESBURG - South African nurses called on the government on Monday to ensure overstretched workers in rural clinics and hospitals get access to Covid-19 vaccines as the hard-hit country received its first batch of doses.

Kim Harrisberg 2 Feb 2021

Study shows that the Novavax vaccine is effective against the dominant variant of Covid-19 in South Africa. Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Results from Novavax vaccine trials in the UK and South Africa differ: why, and does it matter?Article

To fast track the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, a broad range of candidate Covid-19 vaccines are being investigated...

Ina Skosana 2 Feb 2021

SA health minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize.
UPDATE: First batch of Covid-19 vaccine arrives in SAArticle

The first batch of one-million doses of the Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine from the Serum Institute of India (SII) arrived at OR Tambo International Airport on 1 February 2021.,

1 Feb 2021

South Africa does not have large-scale vaccine manufacturing capability. Shutterstock
Vaccine production in South Africa: how an industry in its infancy can be developedArticle

The issue of vaccine production has become a topic of hot debate following the approval of treatments for Covid-19. In South Africa angry exchanges have been spurred by the country's lagging access to Covid-19 vaccines...

Jeffrey Dorfman & Frank Kirstein 21 Jan 2021

A healthcare worker fills a syringe with a dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine. Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images
Some key questions answered on Covid-19 vaccines for African countriesArticle

Vaccines for Covid-19 are generating a lot of talk. To shed some light on which vaccines are available for countries in sub-Saharan Africa, and how the process will work...

Ina Skosana & Ozayr Patel 19 Jan 2021

South Africa’s Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize (centre). The government has been criticised for not having an actionable plan on vaccines. Photo by Darren Stewart/Gallo Images via Getty Images
South Africa failed to get its act together on vaccines: here's howArticle

South Africa has an estimated population approaching 60 million. To achieve herd immunity against Covid19, the government recently set the ambitious goal of vaccinating 67% of the population...

Shabir A Madhi 18 Jan 2021

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SA hospitality, tourism industry calls on government to fast track vaccine deploymentArticle

South Africa's competitiveness as a global tourism destination depends on perceptions of safety for travellers...

4 Jan 2021

John Davenport
The distribution of a vaccine is another example of how everything about Covid is very different if you're poorArticle

Covid, like life, is very different for the poor. This applies to poor people as well as to poor countries...

John Davenport, Issued by Havas Johannesburg 22 Dec 2020

Vaccine rollout: Here is where South Africa stands
Vaccine rollout: Here is where South Africa standsArticle

Only a massive global rollout of an effective vaccine can end the Covid-19 pandemic in the short term. The vaccine is being rolled out in the United Kingdom and United States...

James Stent 22 Dec 2020

Professor Felicity Burt
SARS, MERS research paved way for rapid development of Covid-19 vaccinesArticle

Research on vaccines for the SARS and MERS viruses paved the way for more rapid development of a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine allowing candidate vaccines to reach clinical trial stages in record time...

8 Dec 2020

Zuneid Yousuf, CEO, African Green Resources
There may be a Covid-19 vaccine, but what about Africa?Article

The recent announcements by global pharmaceutical companies that their Covid-19 vaccines have shown over 90% effectiveness is undoubtedly triumphant news...

Zuneid Yousuf 30 Nov 2020

To suppress the Covid-19 pandemic, tens of millions of South Africans would have to be vaccinated. Nothing at that scale has been done here before. Photo: Armin Kübelbeck (CC-BY-SA via Wikimedia Commons)
Vaccinating tens of millions of people will be very difficultArticle

Three vaccine breakthroughs have sparked hope that the end of the Covid-19 pandemic is close. But vaccinating tens of millions of South Africans is going to be difficult...

James Stent & Nathan Geffen 27 Nov 2020

Why the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine is now a global game changer
Why the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine is now a global game changerArticle

In the long dark tunnel that has been 2020, November stands out as the month that light appeared. Some might see it as a bright light, others as a faint light - but it is unmistakably a light...

Michael Head 24 Nov 2020

The Grand Hotel Taipei in Taiwan lights up rooms to mark five days with no new COVID-19 cases.
Is reaching zero Covid-19 possible?Article

Most scientists agree that stringent control measures, involving efficient contact tracing, testing and isolation, together with social distancing and mask wearing, are required to limit the spread of SARS-CoV-2. South Korea, Taiwan, China and New Zealand have all successfully used these approaches to suppress the virus...

Kingston Mills 22 Oct 2020

Experts are confident that there will be a vaccine next year. PenWin /iStock / Getty Images Plus
9 reasons you can be optimistic that a vaccine for Covid-19 will be widely available in 2021Article

As fall approaches rapidly, many are wondering if the race for a vaccine will bear fruit as early as January 2021...

William Petri 24 Aug 2020

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Global business travel will not be killed off by coronavirus - new researchArticle

Global business travel has largely ground to a halt during the pandemic. Experts have been raising the alarm that this is the death of business travel as we know it...

Kieran Michael Conroy, Anthony McDonnell & Stefan Jooss 19 Aug 2020

A general view during the country’s first human clinical trial for a potential Covid-19 vaccine in Soweto, South Africa. Felix Dlangamandla/Beeld/Gallo Images via Getty Images
Covid-19 vaccine trial in South Africa: everything you need to knowArticle

There isn't enough clinical research being done in Africa. Less than 2.5% of all clinical trials in the world are done on the continent. This is why South Africa's involvement in one of the Covid-19 vaccine trials is so important...

Shabir Madhi 14 Jul 2020

Ebola posters in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
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Sierra Leone is using lessons from Ebola to prepare for coronavirusArticle

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, started at the end of 2019 in Wuhan, China. It is spreading rapidly around the world and countries face many challenges in preventing and managing the spread of a new virus within and across borders...

28 Feb 2020

Cipla SA signs agreement for anti-psychotic drug
Cipla SA signs agreement for anti-psychotic drugArticle

Cipla Medpro South Africa recently concluded an exclusive agreement securing originator and authorised generic brands of an atypical antipsychotic drug, Quetiapine...

Issued by Cipla 12 Feb 2020

A.G. Sanders with penicillin extraction equipment. Image reproduced with permission of the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford, Author provided
Big Pharma has failed: the antibiotic pipeline needs to be taken under public ownershipArticle

Antibiotics are among the most important medicines known to humankind, but we are running out of this crucial resource...

Claas Kirchhelle, Adam Roberts & Andrew Singer 20 Nov 2019

East African pharmaceutical market set to boom
East African pharmaceutical market set to boomArticle

As East African governments and healthcare providers battle with the burden of diseases, the role of the pharmaceutical market becomes more important...

4 Dec 2017

Diabetes treatment goals still suboptimal
Diabetes treatment goals still suboptimalArticle

Statistics from the International Diabetes Federation's 2015 update show that the total number of people with diabetes in Africa is expected to increase by 20 million in 2040, bringing the total to 34.2 million diabetic patients on the continent...

Issued by AstraZeneca 13 Nov 2017

AstraZeneca has R1,5m available in NCD medical research grants
AstraZeneca has R1,5m available in NCD medical research grantsArticle

The AstraZeneca Research Trust has confirmed that it has R1,5m available for new research, and has called for 2017 research proposals...

27 Oct 2016

Non-interventional study on patient perception of COPD symptoms
Non-interventional study on patient perception of COPD symptomsArticle

A study on COPD and patients' perceptions of the symptoms will be conducted in MEA countries...

16 Aug 2016

FCB Cape Town's campaign for CANSA
#CannesLions2016: Pharma and Health & Wellness Lions winners!Article

The 63rd annual Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity has kicked off on 18 June with the Cannes Pharma and Cannes Health & Wellness Lions award ceremonies resulting in two SA agencies bringing home wins...

18 Jun 2016

#CannesLions2016: Pharma and Health & Wellness Lions shortlist
#CannesLions2016: Pharma and Health & Wellness Lions shortlistArticle

The Health and Wellness Lions shortlist has been released with South Africa seeing five entries make it to the final round at Cannes Lions 2016...

17 Jun 2016

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