MAIL & GUARDIAN: Coronavirus

A dummy’s guide to how trade rules affect access to vaccines

It's already become apparent that there is gross inequality playing out in the procurement and distribution of the new drugs. Why is that?

WHO experts to arrive in Wuhan for delayed virus probe

The 10 scientists will investigate the origins of the new virus in a politically fraught mission that comes more than a year after the pandemic began, with accusations Beijing has tried to thwart the project.

Affirming medicine as a public good

Medical science has developed hugely powerful technologies that can be used for social purposes. But to achieve this, it needs to be clearly on the side of the people

Watch it again: Ramaphosa addresses the nation

The president is set to speak on developments in relation to the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic

Ivermectin is not a miracle drug

The health regulatory authority has not approved the antiparasitic drug to treat Covid-19, despite calls on the government to approve its use, as there is no data to support its effectiveness

Do you have to take the Covid-19 vaccine or not?

The South African law does not make it mandatory for citizens to be vaccinated, and the same will apply for Covid-19 immunisation. But experts say people still have the responsibility not to act recklessly — and they should follow Covid-19 health protocols

Call for media workers to get Covid vaccine

Most of the coronavirus deaths were in Peru, Brazil, India, Mexico, Ecuador, Bangladesh, Italy and the United States

How Covid-19 is reshaping African governance

The acute nature of the pandemic has galvanised civil society to demand better accountability

By-elections delayed as Covid restrictions bite

A decision on the local government elections, set to be held later this year, will be taken soon

Why are so many in France hesitant to take the Covid-19 vaccine?

Misinformation and a history of health scandals have led to a powerful anti-vax movement, presenting France with a fresh challenge in the pandemic

Batsa fires back in response to Dlamini-Zuma’s appeal

The tobacco company has counter-filed for leave to appeal December’s tobacco ruling, should the government’s application for leave to appeal be successful

The problem with generalisations

Despite the media's wish for a neat story, the African continent's response to Covid-19 is all over the map

Government appeals Covid-19 lockdown tobacco ban ruling

A fresh legal wrangle and jostling at the courts over the ban could run for much of the life span of the pandemic itself

This is how medical aid schemes will help to fund SA’s vaccines

Medical aid schemes and businesses will help the government with the cost of acquiring enough vaccines for the South African population to achieve herd immunity

Who is that face behind the mask?

A local scientist has devised a method to identify people even when their faces are partly obscured

Chatbot advice for lockdown-hit workers

Luma, a new legal advice chatbot, will help people navigate daunting workplace disputes

Precipitous parlance in a pandemic

From ‘lockdown’ to ‘new normal’ — 2020 was littered with new words we’d rather forget

Humankind’s search for meaning during Covid

According to Google, the top trending “how to help” searches were: how to help Australia fires, how to help Black Lives Matter, how to help during coronavirus and how to help Beirut

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