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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...

22 hours ago

Will vaccines spur the business travel sector's recovery? Here are 5 things to consider
Will vaccines spur the business travel sector's recovery? Here are 5 things to considerArticle

Reigniting business travel calls for the tourism and travel industry to consider what will work and what won't when it comes to Covid-19 vaccines and health passports...

1 day ago

The World Health Organisation partnered with Ogilvy | Social.Lab South Africa to launch 'Vaccines Bring Us Closer' global campaign
The World Health Organisation partnered with Ogilvy | Social.Lab South Africa to launch 'Vaccines Bring Us Closer' global campaignArticle

Ogilvy Worldwide and Ogilvy | Social.Lab South Africa joined forces with the World Health Organisation (WHO) to celebrate World Immunisation Week...

Issued by Ogilvy South Africa 3 days ago

Pfizer vaccine hits SA shores
Pfizer vaccine hits SA shoresArticle

The country's vaccination programme on Sunday reached a welcomed milestone with Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, announcing the arrival of the first batch of the Pfizer vaccination doses...

3 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

Like their global compatriots, many South Africans remain fearful of Covid vaccines
Like their global compatriots, many South Africans remain fearful of Covid vaccinesArticle

According to latest results of the Ask Afrika Covid-19 Tracker study, misconceptions continue to be very prevalent with the most common of these being that the vaccine interacts with your DNA, causes side effects and contains the actual virus...

Issued by Ask Afrika 29 Apr 2021

AP
India's staggering Covid crisis could have been avoided. But the government dropped its guard too soonArticle

India reported 314,000 new cases of Covid-19 on 22 April, the highest-ever infection tally recorded by any country on a single day.

Pradeep Taneja & Azad Singh Bali 28 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

SA's paperless vaccine rollout highlights importance of data management
SA's paperless vaccine rollout highlights importance of data managementArticle

SA's paperless rollout of the Covid-19 vaccinations brings a critical need for data management to the fore...

Hemant Harie 26 Apr 2021

SA to resume Johnson & Johnson vaccine rollout
SA to resume Johnson & Johnson vaccine rolloutArticle

South Africa will resume the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine rollout on Wednesday in a push to vaccinate 500,000 healthcare workers through the Sisonke Programme...

26 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

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

#MarketingMasterminds: Gustav Praekelt discusses National Covid-19 WhatsApp Hotline
#MarketingMasterminds: Gustav Praekelt discusses National Covid-19 WhatsApp HotlineArticle

This month's Marketing Mastermind is Gustav Praekelt, founder and chairman of non-profit organisation, The Praekelt Foundation. He discusses the National Covid-19 WhatsApp Hotline...

Issued by Facebook 21 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

#OrchidsandOnions: Cheers to what's in a name
#OrchidsandOnions: Cheers to what's in a nameArticle

Two truths: We forget them and think of everyone as pal - and Savanna knows it; Distell's stance of end justifies means deserves a smelly Onion...

Brendan Seery 20 Apr 2021

Sahpra recommends lifting the J&J vaccine suspension
Sahpra recommends lifting the J&J vaccine suspensionArticle

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) has recommended the pause on the rollout of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine be lifted...

19 Apr 2021

Emirates begins IATA Travel Pass trials
Emirates begins IATA Travel Pass trialsArticle

Emirates has begun trials on the International Air Transport Association Travel Pass to help passengers manage their travel in line with any government requirements for Covid-19 testing or vaccine information...

16 Apr 2021

The airline industry hasn't collapsed, but that's the only good news for overseas travel
The airline industry hasn't collapsed, but that's the only good news for overseas travelArticle

We thought things would be so much better for international air travel by now, though things could be worse for the airlines themselves...

Volodymyr Bilotkach 16 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

Image: Johnson & Johnson
J&J makes demands before releasing SA vaccinesArticle

Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has demanded a letter from the Department of Trade and Industry acknowledging its local investment before it will sign off the delivery of 20-million doses of the vaccine to South Africa...

15 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

International standardisation a vital gateway for SA exports to grow
International standardisation a vital gateway for SA exports to growArticle

As much as South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa has emphasised the need for South Africans to "buy local" to boost the country's ailing economy, exports remain crucial to the government's turnaround strategy...

Muhammad Ali 14 Apr 2021

South African healthcare workers are at high risk of contracting hepatitis B
South African healthcare workers are at high risk of contracting hepatitis BArticle

South African healthcare workers were found to be at high risk of contracting hepatitis B, even though a vaccine can provide life-long immunity...

13 Apr 2021

A more flexible and fairer future of work beckons in 2021
A more flexible and fairer future of work beckons in 2021Article

Ways of working that go back decades were dismantled overnight in 2020 as the Covid-19 pandemic took hold of the world. South Africa was no exception...

Nunu Ntshingila 13 Apr 2021

Vodacom partners with African Union Development Agency for vaccine rollout
Vodacom partners with African Union Development Agency for vaccine rolloutArticle

The Vodacom Group has announced that it will work with the African Union Development Agency to build digital infrastructure to manage vaccinations...

12 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

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

Mastercard and Uber extend partnership to boost payment digitisation and advance financial inclusion
Mastercard and Uber extend partnership to boost payment digitisation and advance financial inclusionArticle

Uber's long-term partnership with Mastercard continues to grow with a new strategic initiative focusing on digital payments and advancing financial inclusions which will be facilitated by Mastercard across the Middle East and Africa (MEA)...

Issued by Uber 7 Apr 2021

Facebook and WHO launch 'Together Against Covid-19 Misinformation' campaign
Facebook and WHO launch 'Together Against Covid-19 Misinformation' campaignArticle

Facebook is launching a new campaign in partnership with the WHO called 'Together Against Covid-19 Misinformation'...

6 Apr 2021

Which visa is required for European countries?
Which visa is required for European countries?Article

Although citizens of South Africa are currently granted access visa-free or with a visa on arrival to over 100 destinations around the globe, they need an approved visa to travel to the majority of countries and territories in Europe...

Issued by Online Global Applications SL 6 Apr 2021

Daniel Cole/AP
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

Ebola virus virion. CDC/Cynthia Goldsmith
Ebola might be a chronic infection - but here's why we shouldn't panicArticle

Ebola is back in Guinea in West Africa, five years after the largest Ebola epidemic ever known ended...

Connor Bamford 1 Apr 2021

Tech and Covid: Streamlining the vaccination process through technology
Tech and Covid: Streamlining the vaccination process through technologyArticle

The electronic vaccine data system (EVDS) allows South Africans to register online to receive their Covid-19 vaccination...

Jessie Taylor, Issued by Topco Media 1 Apr 2021

National Treasury awards Vodacom with new mobile communication services contract
National Treasury awards Vodacom with new mobile communication services contractArticle

The National Treasury has chosen to retain the services of Vodacom, awarding the company with a new mobile communication services contract...

31 Mar 2021

Island resorts leading recovery in global leisure travel, says ATM
Island resorts leading recovery in global leisure travel, says ATMArticle

Many island economies are dependent on tourism and nowhere is this more apparent than in the Indian Ocean islands of the Maldives and the Seychelles...

30 Mar 2021

Photo: Aspen Pharmacare
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

#BudgetSpeech2021: Converting hope to opportunity
#BudgetSpeech2021: Converting hope to opportunityArticle

It was, therefore, unfortunate that the minister of finance, Tito Mboweni, would premise his recent Budget Speech 2021 with 'hope' and, days later, South Africa was hit with a spate of power failures...

Dr Rudi Kimmie and Achmat Kazie, Issued by TSIBA 30 Mar 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

Employers' responsibility and the Covid-19 vaccine situation in SA
Employers' responsibility and the Covid-19 vaccine situation in SAArticle

The prospect of early Covid-19 vaccination is particularly attractive. However, the subject of compulsory vaccinations is argumentative and there are significant legal and moral facets that must be considered...

Persuade Makore, Issued by TR Brand Communications & Events 26 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

South African Reserve Bank
Repo rate remains unchangedArticle

The South African Reserve Bank's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has unanimously decided to leave the repo rate unchanged at 3.5%...

26 Mar 2021

SA claims 2nd place in domestic business travel recovery globally
SA claims 2nd place in domestic business travel recovery globallyArticle

FCM's latest white paper has revealed that although New Zealand leads the way when it comes to domestic business travel recovery, South Africa claims second place in the race to recovery, reaching up to 25% of pre-Covid travel volumes...

23 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

Professor Marc Mendelson, head of the Division of Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine, Groote Schuur Hospital
Vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate, says Professor Marc MendelsonArticle

Scientists are predicting that the social gatherings associated with the Easter weekend will trigger the third wave of Covid-19, just as the country heads into winter. What are the lessons learned from the second wave?

19 Mar 2021

Study: SA variant could have emerged in E Cape after first wave
Study: SA variant could have emerged in E Cape after first waveArticle

The Covid-19 strain, known as the South African variant, that became dominant in the country towards the end of 2020 may have emerged from the coast of the Eastern Cape after the first wave of pandemic. ..

18 Mar 2021

Uber offers 1 million rides to teachers across the world
Uber offers 1 million rides to teachers across the worldArticle

Together, Uber and Unesco aim to remove transportation as a barrier to accessing vaccinations for teachers around the world as and when governments allow local teachers to get vaccinated...

Jenna Delport 18 Mar 2021

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