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Over 100 countries back Trips waiver on Covid-19 vaccines
Over 100 countries back Trips waiver on Covid-19 vaccinesArticle

South Africa's proposal to waiver specific Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (Trips) obligations related to the manufacturing of Covid-19 vaccines is now supported by over 100 countries...

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Watch Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World on 9 May 2021
Watch Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World on 9 May 2021Article

SABC3 and 1Magic announced it will air Global Citizen's Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World on ( May at 9.30pm and 6pm (SAST), respectively...

Issued by OnPoint PR 1 day ago

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

Global Citizen announces Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as campaign chairs of Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World
Global Citizen announces Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as campaign chairs of Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the WorldArticle

Global Citizen has announced exciting new additions to the lineup for Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World, which will take place on Sunday, 2 May...

Issued by OnPoint PR 28 Apr 2021

Hospital staff in Lagos, Nigeria, administer the AstraZeneca vaccine. AP Photo/Sunday Alamba
How to get Covid-19 vaccines to poor countries - and still keep patent benefits for drugmakersArticle

The world has a Covid-19 vaccine access problem: Almost half of all doses administered so far have been in Europe and North America, while many poorer countries have vaccinated less than than 1% of their populations...

Dalindyebo Shabalala 16 Apr 2021

Global Citizen urges wealthy nations to pledge 'dollars for doses' to vaccinate 6.5m African health workers
Global Citizen urges wealthy nations to pledge 'dollars for doses' to vaccinate 6.5m African health workersArticle

President Cyril Ramaphosa has pledged his support for Global Citizen's Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World, to draw attention to the need to vaccinate, end Covid-19 and kickstart a global economic recovery...

Issued by OnPoint PR 14 Apr 2021

Post-pandemic travel: The trends we'll see when the world opens up again
Post-pandemic travel: The trends we'll see when the world opens up againArticle

After lockdowns and bans on flying, tourists will have high expectations and demands.

Katerina Antoniou 13 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

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

Covid-19 vaccination is slower on the African continent than in high income countries. Shutterstock
Interested in vaccine rollouts across Africa? Here's a map to guide youArticle

Most developed countries are in the advanced stages of Covid-19 vaccination rollouts. But a large number of developing countries, including most across Africa, are still at the early stages, mainly due to a shortage of shots...

Benjamin Kagina 18 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

Government expects to vaccinate 65% of population
Government expects to vaccinate 65% of populationArticle

Government remains committed to vaccinate 40 million people, as per the original plan, by the end of the year to help the country reach herd immunity...

11 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

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More than 67,000 health workers vaccinated so farArticle

More than 67,000 health workers have been inoculated in the 10 days since the national Covid-19 vaccination kicked off...

1 Mar 2021

Inequitable distribution and vaccine hesitancy are key challenges for Africa
Inequitable distribution and vaccine hesitancy are key challenges for AfricaArticle

In a webinar hosted by the BroadReach Group, global and African health experts came together to share challenges and solutions around mass Covid-19 immunisation across Africa...

26 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

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

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

President Cyril Ramaphosa
Ramaphosa promotes innovation to rebuild economyArticle

President Cyril Ramaphosa advocates innovative interventions to rebuild the country's Covid-battered economy in his first weekly newsletter of 2021...

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

Paul Cox, MD, Essential Group of Companies
#BizTrends2021: The 3 prevalent influencers in healthcare in 2021Article

While no one could have predicted the way 2020 turned out, its impact will continue to be felt long into 2021, especially in the health space for obvious reasons...

Paul Cox 14 Jan 2021

A market place in Ghana’s capital Accra. Developing countries like Ghana risk being left behind in the race to secure Covid-19 vaccines. Christian Thompson/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Dummy's guide to how trade rules affect access to Covid-19 vaccinesArticle

The race is on to secure vaccines that will protect people from Covid-19. But it's already become apparent that there is gross inequality playing out in the procurement and distribution of the new drugs...

Caroline Southey 11 Jan 2021

First 1-million Covid-19 vaccine doses will arrive this month
First 1-million Covid-19 vaccine doses will arrive this monthArticle

South Africa will take delivery of its first million doses of Covid-19 vaccine this month and an additional 500,000 in February from the Serum Institute of India (SII) through its Covax affiliation...

8 Jan 2021

There are at least three Covid-19 vaccines that have been approved by reputable health regulatory organisations around the world and many countries have begun rolling out vaccines, but not South Africa. Photo: Armin Kübelbeck (CC-BY-SA via Wikimedia Commons)
Health workers demand vaccine rolloutArticle

"We call on the Department of Health to act urgently, transparently and decisively now to obtain vaccines and to implement vaccination, so as to reduce death and illness, and bring the pandemic under control."...

GroundUp staff 5 Jan 2021

Health minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize
Mkhize's wishlist: Covid-19 vaccine rollout in FebruaryArticle

The South African government is hoping to rollout its Covid-19 vaccine programme as early as next month...

4 Jan 2021

SA makes down payment for Covid-19 vaccine
SA makes down payment for Covid-19 vaccineArticle

South Africa has made a down payment to secure the Covid-19 vaccine for 10% of the country's population...

23 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

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Covid-19 vaccine trials in Africa: what's promising, and what's problematicArticle

Scientists are working around the clock to develop and test vaccines against SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of Covid-19...

Benjamin Kagina 2 Dec 2020

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Battles won - and lost - against Aids hold valuable lessons for managing Covid-19Article

World AidsDay this year finds us still deep amid another pandemic - Covid-19...

Linda-Gail Bekker 1 Dec 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

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