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Dr Bha Ndungane-Tlakula, country medical director, South Africa, Pfizer
#InternationalNursesDay: The backbone of SA's healthcare systemArticle

Nurses have emerged as heroes in the fight against Covid-19. The grit, quick decision-making and compassion required to take care of patients in the face of a terrifying global pandemic...

Bha Ndungane-Tlakula 15 hours ago

A healthcare worker receives the Johnson and Johnson coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccination at Khayelitsha Hospital near Cape Town. Reuters/Mike Hutchings
South Africa picks up first cases of coronavirus variant from IndiaArticle

South Africa's health ministry said it had detected the first four cases of a new coronavirus variant that emerged in India and was responsible for a surge of infections and deaths in the Asian country...

Wendell Roelf 2 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

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

#Newsmaker: Pippa Misplon joins Retroviral as MD
#Newsmaker: Pippa Misplon joins Retroviral as MDArticle

Pippa Misplon joins Retroviral as managing director from Ogilvy South Africa where she was previously the business director for the PR & Influence Division...

Jessica Tennant 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

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

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

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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

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SA temporarily suspends J&J jabArticle

The South African Department of Health has put the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine on hold temporarily, while it investigates a possible link between the jab and a rare blood clot disorder...

14 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

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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

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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

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

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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

Winning the future
Winning the futureArticle

Media Fuse's Emeka Okeke believes the best approach to 2021 is combining old and new, known and unknown and settling on a hybrid model for success...

Issued by Dentsu 23 Feb 2021

The past, the present and the yet-to-come
The past, the present and the yet-to-comeArticle

This article provides you with a starting point, a way to begin honing your perspective and identifying the susceptibility of disruption in your industry: by gauging the past, the present and the yet-to-come...

Issued by Dentsu 18 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

Clinical trials with human volunteers done in South Africa must get approval from the health products regulator. Felix Dlangamandla/Beeld/Gallo Images via Getty Images
Explainer: how South Africa regulates medicines and vaccinesArticle

National medicines regulatory authorities are gatekeepers that protect the public from unnecessary harm from health products. They do so in the best tradition of the injunction to "do no harm"...

Andy Gray 11 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

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

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

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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

Study shows that the Novavax vaccine is effective against the dominant variant of Covid-19 in South Africa. Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Results from Novavax vaccine trials in the UK and South Africa differ: why, and does it matter?Article

To fast track the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, a broad range of candidate Covid-19 vaccines are being investigated...

Ina Skosana 2 Feb 2021

Brands that harnessed the power of purpose in 2020
Brands that harnessed the power of purpose in 2020Article

It's no secret that 2020 was one of the most challenging years in modern history. According to the Global Web Index' Connecting the Dots 2021 Report, the Covid-19 pandemic was a baptism by fire for many brands...

Angela Northover 22 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

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

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#BizTrends2021: African demands for post-Covid healthcare align impact with investor opportunity in 2021Article

The Covid-19 emergency has focused minds on the urgent need for improved healthcare across Africa, aligning unprecedented opportunity for positive social impact with competitive returns...

Jason Mitchell 11 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

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SA hospitality, tourism industry calls on government to fast track vaccine deploymentArticle

South Africa's competitiveness as a global tourism destination depends on perceptions of safety for travellers...

4 Jan 2021

John Davenport
The distribution of a vaccine is another example of how everything about Covid is very different if you're poorArticle

Covid, like life, is very different for the poor. This applies to poor people as well as to poor countries...

John Davenport, Issued by Havas Johannesburg 22 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

Professor Felicity Burt
SARS, MERS research paved way for rapid development of Covid-19 vaccinesArticle

Research on vaccines for the SARS and MERS viruses paved the way for more rapid development of a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine allowing candidate vaccines to reach clinical trial stages in record time...

8 Dec 2020

Grey Africa scoops a few birds at the #Loeries2020
Grey Africa scoops a few birds at the #Loeries2020Article

Grey Africa's work was recognised with 24 finalists across eight different categories, three statues and a craft certificate at the 2020 Loeries Creative Awards...

Issued by Grey Africa 4 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

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

Dr Bha Ndungane-Tlakula, country medical director, Pfizer South Africa
Antimicrobial resistance - a threat to modern healthArticle

Antimicrobial resistance is one of the top 10 global public health threats facing humanity...

20 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

Path to regulatory approval of the Covid-19 vaccine in SA
Path to regulatory approval of the Covid-19 vaccine in SAArticle

The ongoing, global Covid-19 pandemic has led to an obvious need for clarity regarding the regulatory approvals that must be satisfied before a vaccine can be rolled out...

Zareenah Rasool, Rui Lopes and Darryl Bernstein 11 Nov 2020

Covid-19 vaccine proves 90% effective
Covid-19 vaccine proves 90% effectiveArticle

A Covid-19 vaccine has prevented the virus in more than 90% of people from getting the virus, a preliminary analysis shows...

9 Nov 2020

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