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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

Can you get reinfected with Covid-19? SA has ‘4 000 potential reinfections’

Although the new strain 501Y.V2 of the virus has spread 50% more rapidly, current evidence shows that it is not more severe than the one experienced in the first wave

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.

Covid-19: Free the evidence

Governments need to provide the modelling and data informing the strategy to control the spread of the novel coronavirus

Government’s Covid-19 science mask is slipping

The government’s professed reliance on science to justify its response to the pandemic reveals both its overconfidence and its insecurities about getting citizens to cooperate

Time to overhaul the government’s communication department

South Africa needs clear communication between departments and with the public, particularly now during the Covid-19 pandemic

Covid-19: Why buying time was vital

100 000 tests. 600 000 people screened. And an increase in daily tests to 30 000 — inside what the state is doing with the time the lockdown bought

No money to spare as GDP set to fall

With little money to respond to Covid-19, the government is looking at other sources of funding

The Covid-19 burial problem for South Africa

The government’s plan to deal with the pandemic and its aftermath includes managing ‘the challenges of bereavement’ that will accompany large-scale deaths

Lockdown buys time but Covid-19 is still deadly

The disease has a unique trajectory in South Africa, thanks to the rapid move to declare a national disaster and institute a lockdown. But this has only bought time to prepare for the worst

Covid-19 in South Africa: Trends and next steps

Read South Africa's Covid-19 response as presented by Professor Salim Abdool Karim on Monday

SA professor enters ranks of Royal elite

Salim Abdool Karim joins Newton, Hawking and Einstein as a member of an extraordinary society

HIV gel doesn’t work, say researchers

A gel researchers once hailed as a breakthrough in the prevention of HIV transmission among women, has been shown to be ineffective.

Fast-track anti-HIV gel, says minister

Revolutionary new vaginal treatment could avert 800 000 Aids deaths over the next 20 years.

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