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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...

1 day ago

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...

2 days ago

Sahpra approves J&J vaccine with conditions
Sahpra approves J&J vaccine with conditionsArticle

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) has registered the Covid-19 Johnson & Johnson vaccine in terms of Section 15(6a) of the Medicines and Related Substance Act 101 of 1965, with conditions...

6 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

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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

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

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

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

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 second consignment of Johnson and Johnson vaccines arrived in SA on Saturday. Image: Twitter
DPE hits back at disgruntled pilots over vaccine flight claimsArticle

The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) dismissed claims made by a pilots' association that the SAA flight transporting a consignment of Covid-19 vaccines was an unnecessary expensive exercise as untrue...

1 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

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

Ramaphosa kicks off vaccine rollout at Khayelitsha
Ramaphosa kicks off vaccine rollout at KhayelitshaArticle

"This day represents a real milestone for us as South Africans that finally the vaccines are here and they are being administered. I was rather pleased that there were five people who were vaccinated before me and they are health workers"...

18 Feb 2021

South Africa's Dis-Chem sales rise on preventative healthcare demand
South Africa's Dis-Chem sales rise on preventative healthcare demandArticle

South Africa's Dis-Chem Pharmacies said on Wednesday group revenue rose 12.1% for a 22-week period to 2 February, boosted by consumer demand for preventative medicine...

17 Feb 2021

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Vaccine rollout starts todayArticle

The Covid-19 vaccine programme will start today, with healthcare workers being first in line to receive the 80,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson jabs, which arrived in South Africa yesterday...

17 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

President Cyril Ramaphosa
#SONA2021: Ramaphosa outlines 4 key prioritiesArticle

President Cyril Ramaphosa's 2021 State of the Nation Address (Sona) laid out the top four priorities for the future of the country...

12 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

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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

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

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

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

#BestofBiz 2020: Healthcare
#BestofBiz 2020: HealthcareArticle

What a year 2020 has been! So, we've curated the year's most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views on Bizcommunity's Healthcare platform into our #BestofBiz2020 list

14 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

President Cyril Ramaphosa. Photo:
President announces Covid-19 resurgence plan, eases alcohol, travel restrictionsArticle

In his national address last night, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the extension of the National State of Disaster to 15 December 2020, as well as a resurgence plan with interventions to curb the further spread of infections...

12 Nov 2020

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Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine trial commences in South AfricaArticle

The first South African participants in the Johnson & Johnson Phase 3 Ensemble trial for a Covid-19 vaccine were dosed last week...

11 Nov 2020

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How Covid-19 is fast-tracking progress in air freight supply chainsArticle

Few - if any - air freight supply chain stakeholders envisaged a global pandemic and air-traffic shutdown in their business continuity plans, and all had to react quickly, collaboratively and innovatively to cope with the disruption...

23 Jun 2020

Jury chair, Ivan Pollard, senior vice president, global chief marketing officer, General Mills.
Warc Awards 2020 announces Effective Use of Brand Purpose winnersArticle

16 campaigns for global brands across different markets have won in the Effective Use of Brand Purpose category of the Warc Awards...

3 Jun 2020

#PrismAwards2020: ALL THE WINNERS!
#PrismAwards2020: ALL THE WINNERS!Article

This year's Prism Awards took the form of a short online segment as the ceremony was cancelled in March 2020 due to concerns of the spread of Covid-19...

15 May 2020

Lex Bradshaw-Zanger, L'Oréal.
Warc Awards 2020 announces Effective Social Strategy shortlistArticle

The final shortlist has been released for the Warc Awards 2020. 21 campaigns have made the Effective Social Strategy shortlist, which links social strategies to business success...

29 Apr 2020

Ash Tailor - Global brand and marketing director, Legoland.
Warc Awards 2020 announces Effective Content Strategy shortlistArticle

21 campaigns for a wide range of product categories for global brands across different markets have been shortlisted in the Effective Content Strategy category, which rewards content strategies that can demonstrate a business outcome...

22 Apr 2020

Ivan Pollard. Image credit: General Mills.
Warc Awards 2020 announces Effective Use of Brand Purpose shortlistArticle

The Warc Awards has announced its Effective Use of Brand Purpose shortlist...

15 Apr 2020

#Covid-19: The 4 most under-reported stories on coronavirus [news and social media analysis]
#Covid-19: The 4 most under-reported stories on coronavirus [news and social media analysis]Article

Meltwater not only tracked the most reported on the news and social media topics since the start of 2020 but also took a look into the four most under-reported on topics surrounding the coronavirus...

Issued by Meltwater 14 Apr 2020

#Bookmarks2020: Winners announced!
#Bookmarks2020: Winners announced!Article

The winners for the 2020 Bookmark Awards have been announced! This year, the 12th annual Bookmarks celebration was hosted via the IAB SA's digital channels and local press network...

18 Mar 2020

2020 Bookmark Awards finalists are announced
2020 Bookmark Awards finalists are announcedArticle

The IAB SA has announced the finalists for the 12th Annual Bookmark Awards being held at The Galleria in Sandton on Thursday, 19 March 2020...

Issued by IAB South Africa 24 Feb 2020

MamaMagic wins big at the AAXO Roar Awards
MamaMagic wins big at the AAXO Roar AwardsArticle

Exposure Marketing, organisers of the MamaMagic Baby Expo, walked away with several accolades at the AAXO Roar Awards...

Issued by Exposure Marketing 11 Feb 2020

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6 ways 2019's marketing prepared us for 2020Article

We're seeing the profound shifting of businesses, processes and models through the use of multiple digital technologies, enhancing brand visibility, speed and sales. This article looks at six key things which have prepared the marketing landscape in 2019 for even more innovation in 2020...

Jainita Khatri 3 Jan 2020

Global Citizen honours exceptional leaders with Global Citizen Prize for sustained impact
Global Citizen honours exceptional leaders with Global Citizen Prize for sustained impactArticle

Richard Curtis, Sting, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed, and Hamdi Ulukaya, founder and CEO of Chobani, are to be honoured at the 2019 Global Citizen Prize on 13 December at Royal Albert Hall...

Issued by OnPoint PR 12 Dec 2019

Kevin Ndinguri, managing director at UM.
#Newsmaker: Kevin Ndinguri, UM's new MDArticle

Full-service media agency UM recently appointed Kevin Ndinguri, who has spent the last year as client managing partner at UM Africa, as MD of the local team...

Jessica Tennant 28 Nov 2019

Winners of the Oscars of South African Business announced
Winners of the Oscars of South African Business announcedArticle

On 20 November 2019, the 17th Annual National Business Awards - brought to you by Topco Media and held in partnership with the Vision 2030 Awards - celebrated top performing businesses and executives at Emperors Palace...

Issued by Topco Media 27 Nov 2019

2019 The Smart way
2019 The Smart wayArticle

What an exciting year it has been for in-store innovators Smart Media, on successfully launching their new in-store innovative solutions such as, Over-The-Counter Arches (OTC Arches), Digital Shelf Strips and 3D Holograms...

Issued by Smart Media 22 Nov 2019

Nicole Hartnett, senior marketing scientist, Ehrenberg-Bass Institute. Image source: .
Warc announces Best Use of Data shortlist for Warc Media Awards 2019Article

Warc has released the first shortlist for the Warc Media Awards 2019...

20 Nov 2019

Showpad chooses Engagement Factory to drive success for mutual customers
Showpad chooses Engagement Factory to drive success for mutual customersArticle

Showpad today announced that Engagement Factory has been chosen as its sales enablement implementation partner in EMEA, as part of Showpad's Partner Program...

Issued by Engagement Factory 14 Oct 2019

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Ebola one year on: the wins, the setbacks, and the way forwardArticle

The last five years have witnessed the two biggest outbreaks of Ebola, first in West Africa and currently in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)...

Shirin Ashraf & Emma Thomson 30 Sep 2019

Winners from the 2019 Top Brands Awards. Image supplied.
All the big winners at the 21st Sunday Times Top Brands AwardsArticle

The results of the 2019 Sunday Times Top Brands Survey (now in its 21st year) was announced last night at an awards ceremony hosted at The Venue at the Houghton Hotel, Johannesburg...

20 Sep 2019

Champions of Science Africa Innovation Challenge announced
Champions of Science Africa Innovation Challenge announcedArticle

Johnson & Johnson announced the winners of the Champions of Science Africa Innovation Challenge 2.0...

5 Sep 2019

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