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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 4 hours ago

26 million vaccine doses mobilised through Global Citizen's Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite The World
26 million vaccine doses mobilised through Global Citizen's Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite The WorldArticle

Global Citizen announced that the Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World campaign helped mobilise over 26 million Covid-19 vaccine doses and $302m to the ACT-Accelerator...

Issued by OnPoint PR 2 days ago

Magazines ABC Q1 2021: Little good news for magazines
Magazines ABC Q1 2021: Little good news for magazinesArticle

The Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC) Q1 2021 shows a littering of publications resigning or being discontinued, with not much good news...

Danette Breitenbach 3 days ago

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...

7 May 2021

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 7 May 2021

US supports waiver of Covid-19 vaccine IP restrictions
US supports waiver of Covid-19 vaccine IP restrictionsArticle

President Cyril Ramaphosa has welcomed the US's support for a temporary and targeted waiver of intellectual property protections that apply to Covid-19 vaccines...

6 May 2021

The magic of zinc in corrosion control
The magic of zinc in corrosion controlArticle

Zinc is truly a magic metal that few people and few engineers appreciate for its multitude of applications and versatility...

Simon Norton 6 May 2021

Primedia Unlimited renamed to Primedia Retail
Primedia Unlimited renamed to Primedia RetailArticle

Primedia's niche, out of home media arm, Primedia Unlimited, has been renamed to Primedia Retail...

4 May 2021

Breaking news: 85% of healthcare professionals now want to liaise with representatives online!
Breaking news: 85% of healthcare professionals now want to liaise with representatives online!Article

In a world forever changed by the pandemic, pharmaceutical companies (pharma) have had to start communicating with healthcare professional (HCP) clients online. The latest statistics from global healthcare e-platform Veeva...

Issued by Cingulate 3 May 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

Green Paper on Marriages approved for public consultation
Green Paper on Marriages approved for public consultationArticle

Cabinet has approved the publication of the Green Paper on Marriages for public consultation...

22 Apr 2021

Why are South Africans afraid to vaccinate?
Why are South Africans afraid to vaccinate?Article

Conspiracy theories on social media are stoking the fires of fear around the Covid-19 inoculation...

22 Apr 2021

Last chance to apply for these 9 bursaries
Last chance to apply for these 9 bursariesArticle

For students who have not secured tertiary study funding for the 2021 or 2022 academic year, here are nine bursaries you could apply for - all closing on 30 April 2021...

20 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

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Why you should expect more Suez-like supply chain disruptions and shortages at your local grocery storeArticle

When the Ever Given container ship choked off traffic in the Suez Canal for almost a week in late March 2021, it made headlines around the world...

Nada R. Sanders 12 Apr 2021

Mentholatum goes direct to consumer with new e-commerce platform
Mentholatum goes direct to consumer with new e-commerce platformArticle

Visitors to Mentholatum SA's online store will be able to access the company's full range of brands including Deep Heat, Oxy, Happy Event and Softlips...

9 Apr 2021

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5 categories that could lead retail's recovery in 2021Article

Merchant Capital's collection data suggests early signs of recovery in several key categories...

8 Apr 2021

Should plastics be banned?
Should plastics be banned?Article

You may think our answer is obvious and potentially in contrast to those who believe that plastic is nothing but a pollutant. If most of our answer lies within the question, should the question not rather be 'why plastics cannot be banned?' Here's our perspective...

Issued by Mpact Plastics 8 Apr 2021

Health minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize
Pandemic highlights health inequalitiesArticle

Inequalities in South Africa's healthcare system have been brought into sharper focus by the Covid-19 pandemic...

8 Apr 2021

Court order: Doctors can prescribe ivermectin for Covid-19
Court order: Doctors can prescribe ivermectin for Covid-19Article

Doctors can now prescribe ivermectin to Covid-19 patients, thanks to an order handed down by the Pretoria High Court...

7 Apr 2021

Meeting required standards for coding on plastic bottles
Meeting required standards for coding on plastic bottlesArticle

The beverage, pharmaceutical, industrial, cosmetics and nutraceuticals sectors all commonly use coding and marking applications for bottles. However, they all need their marking to meet certain standards and requirements...

Issued by Pyrotec 6 Apr 2021

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Hospitality sector calls on all South Africans to stay safeArticle

There is wide acknowledgement that a return to stricter regulations will be catastrophic for the province's tourism and hospitality sector...

1 Apr 2021

Maker spaces give engineers and designers the tools to build low-cost medical equipment using locally available materials.
Brandon Martin, Rice University, CC BY-NC-ND
'Frugal design' brings medical innovations to communities that lack resources during the pandemicArticle

Dr Msandeni Chiume Kayuni found herself in the middle of a supply crisis as Covid-19 spread to Africa in April 2020...

Rebecca Richards-Kortum & Theresa Mkandawire 31 Mar 2021

The implications of administrating ivermectin to Covid-19 patients
The implications of administrating ivermectin to Covid-19 patientsArticle

Being a new virus, Covid-19 has evoked a great deal of uncertainty around which treatments will be beneficial to patients...

31 Mar 2021

Can CBD help treat symptoms of anxiety?
Can CBD help treat symptoms of anxiety?Article

Did you know that anxiety affects more than 300 million people worldwide1, with as many as one in six South Africans suffering from this mental health disorder?...

Issued by Adco CBD 30 Mar 2021

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SA secures 30-million J&J Covid-19 shotsArticle

South Africa has secured 30-million Johnson and Johnson (J&J) Covid-19 vaccines, the first batch of which will will be delivered in April...

30 Mar 2021

Workers at India’s biggest syringe manufacturer ramp up production in September 2020 in race to meet Covid-19 vaccine-driven demand. Photo by SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP via Getty Images
Why India is banking on health diplomacy to grow African footprintArticle

India has stepped up its global ambitions and foreign policy re-engagement with African countries in recent years. Its bilateral trade increased from $7.bn in 2001 to $63bn in 2017/18...

Dan Banik & Renu Modik 26 Mar 2021

Fab fact from Adco CBD
Fab fact from Adco CBDArticle

According to a recent online survey, almost 62% of CBD users reported using CBD to treat a medical condition, particularly pain, anxiety and depression...

Issued by Adco CBD 24 Mar 2021

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SA retailers pessimistic about business conditions - surveyArticle

South African retailer confidence has declined by 13 points in the first quarter of 2021, impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and related trade restrictions...

24 Mar 2021

Have hyper retail centres 'hit the spot'? Themes through lockdown and beyond
Have hyper retail centres 'hit the spot'? Themes through lockdown and beyondArticle

FNB Commercial Property Finance recently held its Quarterly Property Market briefing and the focus was on key retail property themes...

John Loos 23 Mar 2021

Sahpra approves Section 21 use of Pfizer vaccine
Sahpra approves Section 21 use of Pfizer vaccineArticle

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) has approved the Section 21 application for Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine...

17 Mar 2021

Technology, intra-continental trade key to effective Covid-19 vaccination rollout
Technology, intra-continental trade key to effective Covid-19 vaccination rolloutArticle

As countries across Africa roll out vaccines to combat the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, it is becoming increasingly evident that the continent is in desperate need of ICT systems and healthcare solutions that can support mass vaccination programmes...

Praba Moonsamy 17 Mar 2021

Chemical Seta to fund major research projects with over R1.6m
Chemical Seta to fund major research projects with over R1.6mArticle

The Chemical Industry Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) will be funding two South African universities with R1,647,500 this year, supporting research...

9 Mar 2021

Understanding different forms of CBD for health and wellness
Understanding different forms of CBD for health and wellnessArticle

In search of natural pain and stress relief options, many turn to CBD (cannabidiol) in its oil form to create positive change. The good news is that there are various other forms of CBD available, from topicals and drops to edible pastilles and capsules...

Issued by Adco CBD 4 Mar 2021

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Distributing Covid-19 vaccines - how the aviation industry prepared for its biggest logistical challenge yetArticle

The demand for Covid-19 vaccines has seen airlines tap into years of experience to transport pharmaceutical shipments, using cutting-edge technology to distribute vaccines safely

4 Mar 2021

Made in Africa conference aims to drive Pan-African prosperity
Made in Africa conference aims to drive Pan-African prosperityArticle

The inaugural Made in Africa Conference and Expo, a large virtual gathering and showcase for African buyers and sellers, will take place on 13 and 14 April...

26 Feb 2021

Police seize unregistered medicines at OR Tambo International Airport
Police seize unregistered medicines at OR Tambo International AirportArticle

The South African Police Service (SAPS) this week seized unregistered medicines worth a market value of R126 million at the OR Tambo International Airport...

19 Feb 2021

Magazines ABC Q4 2020: Categories continue to haemorrhage
Magazines ABC Q4 2020: Categories continue to haemorrhageArticle

The attrition in the magazine category continues in the Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC) Q4 with many sectors losing members as the sector battles with resignations, discontinuations and terminations...

Danette Breitenbach 11 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

Variants, vaccines, and virology - are we protected?
Variants, vaccines, and virology - are we protected?Article

News reports on mutated, more virulant, strains of the virus most likely conjures movie-like images of an invisible, indestructible enemy causing massive disruption. The reality is fortunately much less dramatic...

Felicity Burt, Dominique Goedhals & Sabeeha Vawda 4 Feb 2021

Simple, effective and secure pharmaceutical labelling
Simple, effective and secure pharmaceutical labellingArticle

Protecting against counterfeiting and warning of tampering or incorrect storage is essential for pharmaceutical products. Add to this increased legislation and consumer demand for information and pharmaceutical manufacturers have many packaging challenges to contend with...

Issued by Pyrotec 3 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

Access and affordability: South African launch of critical medications drives equitable access
Access and affordability: South African launch of critical medications drives equitable accessArticle

In putting healthcare in South Africa under the microscope, Covid-19 has exposed many weaknesses inherent in the country's fractured socio-economic environment...

Paul Miller, Issued by Cipla 1 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

Professor Vinny Naidoo, Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Pretoria.
Veterinary expert weighs in on Ivermectin debateArticle

Since Ivermectin took centre stage as a potential treatment for Covid-19, several questions have been raised around whether a cattle drug should be used on people...

Vinny Naidoo 29 Jan 2021

A laboratory technician patient samples at the Amudat Hospital, Uganda. Laboratories are central to the delivery of high quality data in clinical trials. Paul Kamau
Innovation - and research - are key to killing off neglected tropical diseases in AfricaArticle

As a young medical doctor over 30 years ago, I had an experience no doctor wants to have. One of my patients, a young boy, died in my arms as we rushed him to the referral hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, to receive treatment...

Monique Wasunna 29 Jan 2021

Connected, automated temperature monitoring - a proactive approach for an unbroken cold chain
Connected, automated temperature monitoring - a proactive approach for an unbroken cold chainArticle

Smart connected and automated temperature monitoring at every point of the cold chain will help logistics companies proactively ensure their cold chain is never broken and their goods arrive in prime condition for use and sale...

Eckart Zollner 21 Jan 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

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