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15 April 2021 Weekly Update


Mkhize upbeat despite J&J vaccine snag

SA's stop-start vaccination drive has veered off-course again with another hurdle thrown in its path, reports Legalbrief. The Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine, hailed as the best bet for SA, has been temporarily removed from the vaccine arsenal just weeks ... Read More

Big pharma's 'unreasonable' and 'difficult' terms

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize today revealed some of the difficulties government was confronted with in its negotiations with vaccine manufacturers. The Sunday Times Daily reports that Mkhize told Parliament's Health Portfolio Committee that after the second agreement between SA and ... Read More

The dangers of vaccine hubris

Infections are rising in Chile despite a high percentage of its population having been vaccinated, leading experts to caution that vaccines alone won't prevent the spread of Covid-19. Like Chile, Israel and the UK also stand out for their ... Read More


The challenge of rolling out millions of vaccines

Government is yet to announce which company will be responsible for the transportation and distribution of vaccines to the general population, the logistics of which pose several challenges for SA. A Bhekisisa report notes the contract for the companies that ... Read More


HIV doctor succumbs to Covid

Radio host succumbs to CovidOne of SA's most prominent HIV doctors and Kaya FM host Dr Sindi van Zyl died this weekend from Covid-19 complications. The 45-year-old had been on a ventilator for a while, with her condition having ... Read More

High efficacy for Regeneron drug

High efficacy for Regeneron drug Regeneron is pursuing US approval for its Covid-19 monoclonal antibody cocktail as a preventive treatment after it helped cut the risk of symptomatic infections in households where someone else is ill, the US drugmaker said ... Read More

Fresh air can prevent spread

Fresh air can prevent spreadThe best preventative weapons against Covid-19 are fresh air and good ventilation, a study at the University of Central Florida has found. It says ventilation in classrooms and other indoor settings is even more important than ... Read More



'The faith in God will overcome the fear of the virus.'Tirath Singh Rawat, Chief Minister in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, in response to fears that allowing millions of Hindu devotees to take a daily holy dip in the ... Read More

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