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The convenient myth of an Africa spared from Covid-19

There are few, if any, studies to support Pfizer chief executive’s assertion that the global south would be more vaccine-hesitant than the north

‘The children cannot cope any more’: Suicide in Calvinia highlights lack of support for young

How Covid-19 has intensified the physical and emotional burdens placed on children’s shoulders.

Pfizer vaccine approved for children older than 12, but roll-out not yet on the way

Vulnerable older groups remain a priority for the health department, so no Covid-19 jabs for children for now

Restrictions eased as South Africa moves to lockdown level 2

As national lockdown regulations ease, President Cyril Ramaphosa urges South Africans to vaccinate

The robot that allows Covid-19 patients human contact

A mental health pandemic: It’s far from ideal, but a dying mother was able to blow kisses to her child thanks to Khanya the robot

South African adolescent receives first shot in Sinovac trial

The youth is the first of 2 000 South African children taking part in the global trial to test the CoronaVac vaccine

Data shows there’s a higher risk of landing up in ICU or dying if you’re not vaccinated

The effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccines is becoming clear from the difference in the number of people admitted to hospital between those who have received at least one vaccine dose and those who have had none

As CoronaVac trials kick off children talk about their views on Covid-19 vaccinations

Children from the age of six months to 17 years will take part in vaccine trials

Vaccine certificates in South Africa ready for lift-off end of September

Digital certification looms, but questions remain on implementation, worldwide standardisation, fraud and the ethics of mandatory vaccinations

Hardly any South Africans are organ donors. What can be done to change this

Organ and tissue donation has not received the priority that it should have from the South African government. A few concrete steps would make a dramatic difference.

How one policy change could curb two airborne epidemics in South Africa

South Africa must make dramatic shifts in its Covid-19 prevention strategies to include new evidence that Sars-CoV-2 spreads mainly through the air

Doctors and nurses are most trusted sources for vaccine information

Study finds most South Africans rely on healthcare workers for vaccine advice

J&J’s failure to deliver adequate Covid-19 doses to South Africa is nothing new

South Africa is still awaiting millions of Covid-19 vaccines from Johnson & Johnson even though the country contributed to its research through the Ensemble and Sisonke studies

Vaccine imperialism chips away at faith in the market economy

The way business is done in the global economy is driving society apart. Corporate social responsibility programmes will not rectify the exclusion and inequalities that exist

No link found between deaths and Covid-19 vaccine, health regulator says

Side-effects are common when you receive any type of vaccine, a senior vaccine researcher says

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.
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