The lockdown has impacted on South Africa’s ARV treatment programme, delaying the South African National Aids Council national strategy. Yet, Covid-19 has also brought with it innovations in treatment and prevention for HIV, TB and STIs.
The news that the University of Oxford has developed a coronavirus vaccine that appears safe and has triggered an immune response, is an encouraging step toward returning to normality. It also provides the opportunity to join forces to tackle the pandemic and highlight Africa’s scientific leadership writes Professor Kelly Chibale.
Almost 60 percent more people have died in recent weeks from natural causes suggesting that the Covid-19 death toll is higher than officially recorded. This is according to the latest data released by the SA Medical Research Council.
Scientists have been working furiously to find a vaccine against Covid-19, and initial findings show positive results from the United Kingdom trial where the vaccine was tested on 1 077 healthy adults.