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Understanding vaccine hesitancy is important, but it is vital that we go about it in the right way

Paediatrician Alastair McApline says that the reasoning Angelo Ryan uses to justify this position in an M&G opinion piece is ‘specious and flawed’

Covid: Masks, sanitisers the future norm

Even if herd immunity is finally reached in South Africa, non-pharmaceutical measures are necessary

Treatment Action Campaign demands Makhura fix Gauteng’s health system ‘mess’ now

The TAC wants the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, closed after a fire in April, to reopen fully as soon as possible, because other hospitals are overburdened.

Getting Covid-19 after being vaccinated can happen – but it’s rare. Here’s what we know so far

Vaccines help to reduce the spread of Covid-19, but they are not without shortcomings. Here’s what they can and can’t do

The 30-day rule: Why you have to wait for a vaccine if you’ve recently had Covid

Scientists know that people who have had Covid still benefit from getting vaccinated with at least one shot of the vaccine. But can you get vaccinated while you have Covid?

Africa partners with the US and Europe to reach vaccination goals

Avat has secured a donation of several hundred million doses of Covid-19 drugs from the United States, 25-million of which will begin to be rolled out by the end of this week

Four lessons from 40 years of HIV: Why Covid doesn’t end with equitable vaccine access

Inequity in Covid vaccine access echoes mistakes from the HIV response. In the forty years since Aids was first identified, there have also been several lessons on how to contain a pandemic. Starting with equity and supporting health systems

Born before 1986? Here’s how to get a Covid vaccine without an appointment

We look at who can get a Covid vaccine under phase two of South Africa’s national roll-out, what happens when you walk into a site and how the cost of shots are covered

Half of KZN patients have no chronic medication. Here’s how looting affected SA’s Covid-19 vaccine roll-out

Vaccines were stolen and many urban vaccine sites had to close as Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal erupted into chaos this past week. The biggest loss however is not vaccines, but the chronic medicines that were looted leaving those with HIV, cancer and diabetes without their medication

Covid-19 vaccinations: How are the provinces doing?

South Africa’s vaccine roll-out is happening – slowly. Only 3% of eligible adults have been fully vaccinated. KwaZulu-Natal is leading the pack with the Eastern Cape hot on its heels

People use social media posts to sell Ivermectin on the black market

Selling medication without a license to prescribe or dispense it is illegal, and can lead to a hefty fine or imprisonment

How well is Pfizer’s Covid jab working in SA? We break down some of the data

A local analysis found early evidence of promising protective effects of the Pfizer vaccine in South Africa — even among those who had received only one dose

Covid-19 infections soar as 15 African countries now grapple with Delta variant

South Africa makes up 37% of the continent’s virus caseload, with more than two-million infections

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

South Africa not yet at risk from newly emerged ‘Delta Plus’ mutation, say scientists

Scientists are collecting information on the new Delta Plus Covid-19 mutation, a sublineage of the Delta variant that is causing infections to rise globally

The social development department is discussing vaccinating ECD, Sassa workers in current phase

Minister Lindiwe Zulu made wide-ranging announcements on Friday, including how early childhood development centres should operate under level-four lockdown

Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng: Why it’s essential to decolonise public health

The fact that access to quality healthcare is determined by race, gender, geography and power is proven, as is healthcare’s shameful history of exploitation of those with less power for ‘research’. The future must do better

‘Vaccination is only way out of this pandemic’

The level four lockdown may have been too late for Gauteng but other provinces will benefit from stricter measures
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