In lockdown for over a year, Limpopo grannies have not been able to gather for regular exercises, access healthy meals nor medical check-ups, showing the isolating effects of the pandemic on the elderly.
The new variant of the coronavirus has upended government plans to start vaccinating health care workers. While the health ministry has switched from the AstraZeneca to the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, supply of doses is a challenge.
After the AstraZeneca vaccine proved ineffective against the new coronavirus variant, health workers will now receive the single-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine. More vaccines will also arrive sooner than expected, the health ministry announced.
Potatoes may be cheaper but the price of ginger and garlic has surged due to home remedies to boos the immune system. The pandemic led to record highs for food prices in 2020, and even as prices dip, South Africans can’t afford it.
South Africa has secured 20 million vaccines from Pfizer. Some South African health workers are hesitant about being first in line to receive the Covid-19 vaccine but President Ramaphosa says that is ok.