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Joan Van Dyk

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.

Stuck at home with your abuser? This free tool can help

This tool developed by the Triad Trust and The Foundation for Aids Research, Amfar, will point you to the gender-based violence services closest to you – no data needed

[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

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

How rare is very rare? Your questions about blood clots – answered

How rare is rare? How are the blood clots from the vaccine trial unusual? How are symptoms tracked?

‘None of us are okay’: Frustration as South Africa’s GBV initiatives stall

SA is in a rush to roll out its national GBV action plan. But as bureaucracy and the pandemic slow progress, violence against women continues unabated

How South Africa’s Covid vaccine injury fund will work

In the rare event that you experience a severe side-effect as a result of Covid-19 vaccines, this fund will pay you out

Why Covid likely won’t change the plight of community health workers

In the absence of action from the health department, South Africa’s community health workers are once again having to fight for their rights, with a nationwide strike planned from 9 November.

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