Two variants of the coronavirus have combined to form ‘Frankenvirus’ – report

Two variants of the coronavirus have combined to form ‘Frankenvirus’ – report

An investigation by scientists in the United States revealed two variants of the coronavirus have combined to create a ‘heavily mutated hybrid.’

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#Covid-19: AstraZeneca vaccine rollout halted in South Africa

#Covid-19: AstraZeneca vaccine rollout halted in South Africa

South Africa’s government has decided to stop the planned rollout of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vacccine after clinical trials found it is not as effective as hoped against the new variant reported in the country.

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‘I am and I will’—#WorldCancerDay campaign is a call to action during the pandemic

‘I am and I will’—#WorldCancerDay campaign is a call to action during the pandemic

The theme for World Cancer Day on 4 February is “I am and I will”—encapsulating the spirit and strength of the cancer community in South Africa and around the world.

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Wits University trial Covid-19 vaccine only 49.4% effective

Wits University trial Covid-19 vaccine only 49.4% effective

The Novavax vaccine proves to be only 49.4% effective against Covid-19. The vaccine is undergoing trials in both South Africa and the United Kingdom.

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#JusticeforShoni: Health ombudsman finds ‘Substandard, negligent and appalling’ treatment reported at Tembisa Hospital

#JusticeforShoni: Health ombudsman finds ‘Substandard, negligent and appalling’ treatment reported at Tembisa Hospital

Following an investigation into alleged mistreatment of Shonisani Lethole at Tembisa Hospital, the health ombudsman finds ‘appalling’ treatment and alleged attempts to cover-up evidence.

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‘Degrading, humiliating, distressing’ – report finds medical schemes racially profiled black doctors

‘Degrading, humiliating, distressing’ – report finds medical schemes racially profiled black doctors

‘Degrading, humiliating, and distressing’ – Section 59 investigation finds medical schemes racially profiled black health practitioners. The findings of investigation stemming from allegations from black doctors were released this week, despite attempts to block in in court.

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New Covid-19 variant could mean reinfection – even after recovery

New Covid-19 variant could mean reinfection – even after recovery

A global study of the new coronavirus variant, 501Y.V2, shows that the virus may be resistant to existing vaccines. As scientists warn of increased infections due to the variant, South Africa records hospital admissions doubling in second wave, while the coronavirus also transmits much faster.

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Vaccine good news as South Africa grapples with record Covid-19 infections

Vaccine good news as South Africa grapples with record Covid-19 infections

Government appeals to calm as Covid-19 infections pass 20 000 in 24 hours. The country has logged over 800 daily Coronavirus deaths for the first time since the outbreak, while new cases also hit a record high. Still, a vaccine announcement could bring hope.

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Here’s what you need to know about government’s Covid-19 vaccine rollout strategy

Here’s what you need to know about government’s Covid-19 vaccine rollout strategy

Government’s planned roll-out of critical vaccines to combat the Covid-19 pandemic will see high-risk patients and health workers first in the queue.

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South African generic drug producer Aspen signs Covid-19 vaccine deal

South African generic drug producer Aspen signs Covid-19 vaccine deal

South African drug producer, Aspen Pharmacare, has signed a deal with global pharma giant Johnson&Johnson to produce a Covid-19 vaccine once it’s available.

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