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Pausing enrolment into a clinical trial is not unique to the Covid-19 vaccine. Luca Sola/AFP via Getty Images
Why halting the Covid-19 vaccine trial is part of the processArticle

This week the University of Oxford and Astra Zeneca temporarily postponed further vaccination in clinical trials of the Covid-19 candidate vaccine, AZD1222, after one of the participants fell ill...

Ina Skosana 11 Sep 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

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

A volunteer receives an injection from a medical worker during the country’s first human clinical trial for a potential vaccine against Covid-19 in Soweto, South Africa. Felix Dlangamandla/Beeld/Gallo Images via Getty Images
Covid-19 vaccine: the challenges of running a trial in the middle of a pandemicArticle

South Africa recently announced the start of the country's first Covid-19 vaccine clinical trial. The vaccine is also being tested in the UK and Brazil...

Jeffrey Mphahlele 7 Jul 2020

Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane, Rev. Dr Elizabeth Mamisa Chabula-Nxiweni, Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize, VWSA Chairman and Managing Director Thomas Schaefer, Eastern Cape MEC of Health Sindiswa Gomba, and Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber CEO Nomkhita Mona.
Eastern Cape field hospital to boost Covid-19 fightArticle

Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, has opened the Reverend Dr Elizabeth Mamisa Chabula-Nxiweni Field Hospital in the Eastern Cape to bolster the province's Covid-19 response...

24 Jun 2020

SA's first Covid-19 vaccine trial startsArticle

The first Covid-19 vaccine clinical trial on the continent was announced during a virtual press conference hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits)...

23 Jun 2020

A child receives a vaccine against Ebola from a nurse in Goma on August 7, 2019. AUGUSTIN WAMENYA/AFP via Getty Images
The coping mechanisms the DRC is putting in place as it faces Ebola, measles and Covid-19Article

Ebola, a viral haemorrhagic fever of humans and other primates, has become endemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The country has had 10 outbreaks in 40 years and has recently declared the 11th...

Yap Boum 23 Jun 2020

A researcher performs a CRISPR/Cas9 process at the Max-Delbrueck-Centre for Molecular Medicine in Germany . Gregor Fischer/picture alliance via Getty Images
Covid-19 and gene editing: ethical and legal considerationsArticle

Researchers are racing against time to find ways to treat and prevent Covid-19. There is currently no treatment for the disease, and the World Health Organisation has created Solidarity, a global clinical trial which is testing four drugs as possible treatment...

Sheetal Soni 25 May 2020

Getting real about fake news
Getting real about fake newsArticle

Social media has proven to be a devastatingly effective spreader of false information, far faster and to a far wider audience than was ever possible before...

Issued by Ogilvy South Africa 19 May 2020

Doctors Without Borders supporters march in protest to the American Consulate in Johannesburg in 2012 over lack of funding to fight HIV. Photo by Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images
TB, HIV and Covid-19: urgent questions as three epidemics collideArticle

Tuberculosis (TB) and HIV pose a significant burden on South Africa's health system. There's a close relationship between the two. About 60% of TB patients are also HIV-positive...

Emily Wong 26 Mar 2020

Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
Relief for Equatorial Guinea oil & gas services companiesArticle

Equatorial Guinea is waiving oil & gas services fees in the wake of the oil price drop caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Oil prices currently remain at around $20 a barrel, their lowest level since 1991...

24 Mar 2020

New HIV infections remain high. Shutterstock
The search for an effective HIV vaccine continuesArticle

An HIV vaccine trial that started in 2016 in South Africa was halted in February 2020. The study sponsors made the call after interim results showed that the vaccine, known as HVTN 702, did not prevent HIV...

14 Feb 2020

It’s important for scientists to have the most thorough understanding of HIV. Shutterstock
What the discovery of a new HIV strain means for the pandemicArticle

The discovery of a rare new strain of HIV for the first time in nearly 20 years recently made headlines around the world...

Linda-Gail Bekker 7 Feb 2020

The future of HIV treatment is in empowering patients
The future of HIV treatment is in empowering patientsArticle

Cipla, South Africa's third-largest pharmaceutical manufacturer, hosted an HIV/AIDS workshop in Sandton on Wednesday, ahead of World AIDS Day on 1 December 2019...

Cipla, Issued by Cipla 5 Dec 2019

Professor Glenda Gray, president of the South African Medical Research Council. Photo: South African Medical Research Council
Hope for HIV vaccine being tested in South AfricaArticle

An HIV vaccine candidate - initially tested in Thailand, where it had modest effects - has shown potential in a study in South Africa...

Elsabé Brits 23 Sep 2019

A health worker prepares to administer Ebola vaccination in the north-western Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The Uganda vaccine trial: how African researchers are tackling EbolaArticle

In August 2015 Dr Sakoba Keita, who led the Ebola response in Guinea during the largest Ebola outbreak the world has ever seen, declared...

Yap Boum 8 Aug 2019

The three big studies pushing at the frontiers of HIV preventionArticle

There are an estimated 5,000 new HIV transmissions every day. Around 70% of the 37-million people living with HIV globally are in sub-Saharan Africa...

Glenda Gray 14 Jun 2019

There is currently no established cure for Ebola – could antibody treatments be the answer? AHMED JALLANZO/EPA
Guinea pigs cured of Ebola with antibodies, raising hopes for treatment in humansArticle

The Ebola virus outbreak of 2014 in West Africa caused more than 11,000 deaths. At the time, scientists were working on several experimental vaccines and treatments but none were licensed for use in humans...

Pramila Rajil & Alain Townsend 4 Apr 2019

Health workers in Liberia at the height of the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA
Ebola in the DRC: the race is on between research and the virusArticle

Since August last year the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been facing its 10th Ebola virus disease outbreak. As of early March this year, 907 cases and 569 deaths have been reported...

Yap Boum, Jean-Jacques Muyembe & Sabue Mulangu 8 Mar 2019

Mali was one of the West African countries affected by the biggest Ebola outbreak ever recorded from 2014 to 2016. Shutterstock
Why Ebola vaccine on trial in the DRC is raising hopesArticle

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has emphasised that an experimental vaccine is playing a major role in controlling the spread of Ebola...

Shirin Ashraf & Arthur Wickenhagen 11 Feb 2019

Malaria vaccine trial gets green light
Malaria vaccine trial gets green lightArticle

Ghana, Kenya and Malawi will pilot the malaria vaccine trial which was announced as the international community marked World Malaria Day last month...

12 May 2017

Malaria education in Malawi. Source: WHO/S Hollyman
#WorldMalariaDay: Vaccine trial to commence in 2018Article

Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi will take part in a pilot programme that will make the world's first malaria vaccine available in selected areas...

25 Apr 2017

Vaccines to be used against antibiotic-resistant typhoid
Vaccines to be used against antibiotic-resistant typhoidArticle

Uganda, Malawi and Zimbabwe are the three high-burden African countries selected to be the first to benefit from a typhoid conjugate vaccine....

Lilian Namagembe 7 Apr 2017

Viruses, vaccines and superbugs: The biggest stories of 2016Article

We say goodbye to 2016 by looking back at the healthcare stories that made headlines...


Could we mass-produce HIV immunity?
Could we mass-produce HIV immunity?Article

One tiny protein may be the world's best hope of halting HIV in its tracks...

Penny Moore, Lynne Morris & Nono Mkhize 28 Nov 2016

Immune system turning on itself may trigger melanoma growth
Immune system turning on itself may trigger melanoma growthArticle

A new study by researchers from Yale and Johns Hopkins reveals the molecular pathway by which the body's inflammatory immune response may trigger its own inhibition, protecting tumor cells from destruction and allowing the growth of melanoma - the deadliest form of skin cancer. The study currently appears in Science Translational Medicine.

Helen Dodson 2 Apr 2012

Hopes for an effective TB vaccineArticle

According to Mail & Guardian, Tuberculosis (TB) researchers revealed a new strategy to guide the development of a vaccine, which many now believe may be the world's best hope for beating the disease.

22 Mar 2012

Health journalism award winners
Health journalism award winnersArticle

The second Discovery Health Journalism Awards, held on Thursday 6 May 2010 in Johannesburg, announced that Anna-Maria Lombard of Health-e News Service was the Health Journalist of the Year, for her stories 'Dora Nginza and Price of Denial' produced for Carte Blanche, M-NET and Third Degree, e-TV respectively. She received a prize of R75 000.

10 May 2010

Effectiveness of influenza vaccines in older people: No clear conclusionsArticle

Evidence for the safety and efficacy of influenza vaccines in the over 65s is poor, despite the fact that vaccination has been recommended for the prevention of influenza in older people for the past 40 years. These are the conclusions of a new Cochrane Systematic Review.

17 Feb 2010

South African AIDS vaccine testing startsArticle

Two South African developed HIV vaccines have begun clinical testing in the United States.

1 Dec 2008

TB vaccine trials kick off amid funding woesArticle

Clinical trials of a new tuberculosis (TB) vaccine recently kicked off in Kenya, meanwhile international TB researchers and activists are worried by funding gaps that may worsen in the global financial crisis.

20 Oct 2008

Uganda's Makerere University receives AMANET grant for malaria vaccine trialArticle

The College of Health Sciences at Uganda's Makerere University will receive a grant from the African Malaria Network Trust to begin trials of the malaria vaccine candidate GMZ2.

28 Aug 2008

New HIV vaccine trial haltedArticle

Plans to conduct a large-scale human trial of an experimental HIV/AIDS vaccine in the United States have been shelved.

21 Jul 2008

Vaccine to prevent life-threatening pneumoniaArticle

Recent data show that almost one half of pneumonias in children requiring hospitalisations could be prevented using the pneumococcal vaccine.

Issued by InZalo Communications 5 Mar 2008

SA vaccine trial volunteers contributing to AIDS fightArticle

Although scientists hope that a vaccine will eventually offer the best protection against HIV infection, the complex biology of the virus has posed constant challenges and even a partially effective vaccine is still some years away.

11 Sep 2007

New data on the performance of meningitis vaccine in West African childrenArticle

The Meningitis Vaccine Project (MVP) released new data on the performance of a meningitis vaccine in West African children, suggesting that the new vaccine - expected to sell initially for 40 US cents a dose - will be much more effective in protecting African children and their communities than any vaccine currently on the market in the region.

19 Jun 2007

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