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Aisha Abdool Karim

Why science & research can be hard to swallow: Sputnik V and the giant hamburger of trust

The scientific process is like a hamburger. By examining the quality of each ingredient, you can see how good the end product is. You wouldn’t want mouldy bread or wilted lettuce ruining a perfectly good meal — and similarly you don’t want bad science ruining what could otherwise be a perfectly good vaccine. We look at whether Sputnik V could make it onto the menu.

How not to run a vaccine clinical trial – The Sputnik case study

Russia’s COVID vaccine, Sputnik V, is plagued by a series of red flags and question marks surrounding its clinical trials and results. Here’s how the jab took a shortcut and created sceptics about its underlying science.

Getting Covid-19 after being vaccinated can happen – but it’s rare. Here’s what we know so far

Vaccines help to reduce the spread of Covid-19, but they are not without shortcomings. Here’s what they can and can’t do

Born before 1986? Here’s how to get a Covid vaccine without an appointment

We look at who can get a Covid vaccine under phase two of South Africa’s national roll-out, what happens when you walk into a site and how the cost of shots are covered

Rise of the variants: What you need to know about the Delta variant in SA

SA’s lockdown regulations are tightening to better curb the spread of Covid-19, amid concerns that the Delta variant could drive a surge of infections

[VIDEO] Keep calm & jab on: These numbers will boost your faith in Covid-19 vaccines

Allergic reactions, unusual blood clots and heart inflammation have all been linked to Covid vaccines. But most people won’t experience these severe reactions. Watch this easy explainer

The EVDS will schedule your appointments six weeks apart. Here’s why

South Africa has doubled the interval for the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. We take a look at what other countries have done and the evidence for the move

What happens when you walk into a vaccination site? We break it down

The health department has issued new guidance on how South Africa’s Covid-19 vaccination sites should handle ‘walk-ins’.

Three for three: Understanding the Covid-19 variants circulating during South Africa’s third wave

Which variants have been detected in SA and how do they differ? Each form of the virus behaves slightly differently and could affect what the pandemic looks like. We break it down.

How to vax a nation – A dummy’s guide to getting a Covid jab

You can only get in line for a Covid-19 vaccine if you register. Here’s how to do it

South Africa can now keep Pfizer jabs in a bar fridge for a month

Vaccine roll-out will be easier now that Pfizer confirms the lifespan of its Covid-19 vaccine in a refrigerator is more than six times longer than first estimated

How to get your Covid-19 vaccine

Since the start of 2020 the country has paused its roll-out twice, swapped AstraZeneca jabs for Pfizer’s and Johnson & Johnson’s and now phase two has started

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