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.
‘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.
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.
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.