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The vaccines arrive on Monday: Who will protect them and who will get them first?

The first batch of vaccines is almost here, but a top government adviser says achieving herd immunity by the end of the year is ‘unrealistic’

The barcoding gap: Can South Africa protect its Covid jabs from crime?

Full track and traceability of Covid-19 jabs won’t happen during South Africa’s vaccine roll-out, as the health department has not yet adopted the “overarching” system that would make this possible.

Vigilant eyes will monitor South Africa’s first batch of vaccines

The department of health is also negotiating with manufacturers other than AstraZeneca to secure more than one type of vaccine

Healthcare workers’ vaccines will be free

The Covid-19 vaccine has been declared a public good, which means that healthcare workers will not be expected to pay for it

Shonisani Lethole died due to negligence, ombud finds

Staff at Tembisa Hospital did not do their job in caring for the businessman, the health ombudsman finds, and orders an investigation

Covax will take excess doses of Covid vaccines off the hands of rich countries

The global initiative plans to deliver two billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines to developing nations

Be aware of the similarities between malaria and Covid-19, experts warn

Experts are warning clinicians to be careful when diagnosing Covid-19 — and to check for malaria as well

Inside George Mukhari hospital’s second wave

The Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism and James Oatway visited George Mukhari academic hospital to document the second-wave realities experienced by doctors and nurses

AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine no-profit pledge rings hollow

It seems that participating in the trial in South Africa does not count towards research and development to ensure this country an affordable price of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Asked and answered: Six things you need to know about the new Covid-19 variant in South Africa

In December 2020, scientists announced that a new variant of the Covid-19 — called 501Y.V2 — had been identified in South Africa. Here’s a look at what we’ve learnt in the past month about the new variant that is driving the country’s second wave of infections

Racial bias against black medical practitioners ‘reflects fissures of an unresolved past’

The testimonials of black doctors have given credence to allegations of racial profiling. Of those listed on a Gems blacklist, 94% of general practitioners were black

Admissions soar as second wave tightens its hold

The number of admissions drastically increased in the first two weeks of January, showing the highest numbers since the pandemic reached SA across Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape

Medical oxygen suppliers see spike in demand

According to data from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, the past two weeks have seen more than 650 patients having to be put on ventilators

Calls for transparency in how KZN manages Covid-19

Doctors, nurses, undertakers and civic activists want national and provincial interventions that address the reality of the dire situation in KwaZulu-Natal

The dark side of Israel’s vaccine success story

Israel is refusing to provide the vaccine to the millions of Palestinians it is forcefully ruling over.

Q&A Sessions: ‘I should have fought harder for SA vaccine’ — Salim Abdool Karim

Professor Salim Abdool Karim talks to Nicolene de Wee about his responsibility as head of the ministerial advisory committee tasked with guiding the government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

WHO warns coronavirus herd immunity unlikely this year

Infections numbers are surging around the world, especially in Europe where nations have been forced to ramp up virus restrictions even as vaccines are rolled out.

Relief is near in the scramble for vaccines

The health minister has announced a glimmer of hope with SA having secured 1.5-million doses of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine

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