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UK govt botched initial Covid response: MPs’ probe

Britain has suffered one of the highest tolls in Europe with nearly 138 000 Covid-19 deaths since March last year, raising questions about why it has fared worse than comparable nations.

WHO announces first global malaria vaccine for children at risk

After 30 years of research, the World Health Organisation is finally recommending the widespread use of a malaria vaccine

Gift of the jab: Six tips for when you speak to the Covid unvaxxed

Vaccination campaigns that promote how having the Covid-19 vaccination will benefit individuals rather than society are more effective to convince people who are neutral or hesitant about getting vaccinated.

Covid-19 vaccine mandates: A constitutional balancing act

South Africa’s laws allow the government to implement mandatory Covid vaccinations but, if it chooses this path, it must do so responsibly

South Africa gets major investment to treat Covid-19, TB, cancer, and HIV

President Cyril Ramaphosa welcomed the investment, noting that it ‘is a leapfrog to cutting edge technology’

Gas giant spreads misinformation on oxygen plants in Namibia

An investigation exposed how Afrox charges N$510 to refill a cylinder containing 1 400 litres of oxygen, enough to help a severely ill Covid-19 patient breathe for about two hours

The South African Bone Marrow Registry celebrates 30 years of saving lives

‘It’s not drilling into bones!’: Misconceptions keep donors away, says SABMR, but a match outside of a patient’s family is a needle in a haystack

The sugar tax is working. Experts say we should double it to WHO-recommended levels

The financial and public health cost of diabetes, as well as diabetes-related blindness and kidney failures, is being overlooked, health advocates say

Covid-19: No vaccine booster shots needed yet

Scientists agree it is important to get most of the population vaccinated before giving booster jabs

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
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