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18 January 2021 Weekly Update


The vaccine blame game amid a mounting crisis

As details of government's vaccine strategy began to be fleshed out in the past week, the focus has been on how and why our leaders were caught on the backfoot which has now left us scrambling frantically to cope with the ... Read More

SA pins hope on J&J vaccine

The preliminary results for Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J’s) late-stage Covid-19 vaccine trial should be available by 21 January and will then be submitted to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to the protocol chair for the local arm ... Read More

Confusion over SA's vaccine talks with AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca says it does not hold the rights to sell its Covid-19 vaccine, the cheapest on the market approved by global regulators, in SA, reports News24. Instead, those rights were held by the Serum Institute of India (SII), the largest manufacturer ... Read More


The case for and against compulsory vaccination

As conspiracy theories about vaccines abound, and with just 53% of respondents to a recent poll saying they are willing to have the jab, how effective will SA's vaccination drive be? The Daily Maverick reports that large sections of ... Read More

Treasury obliged to act for the public good

The National Treasury's failure to immediately step up to provide funds for SA's vaccine initiative calls for the public revenue collector to rethink its role in prioritising spending for the public good. Business Day editor-at-large Carol Paton says ... Read More

Why the virus came back with a vengeance

A vaccine rollout, though urgent and key in the fight against the pandemic, will not get rid of Covid-19 in the absence of an effective strategy to control the virus. Steven Friedman, research professor with the humanities faculty of the ... Read More


Masks not compulsory for young children

Masks not compulsory for young childrenIt is not mandatory for children under six to wear masks, according to the recently amended Disaster Management Act published 11 January. The update comes after much confusion among parents, and comes as a considerable ... Read More

Bid to postpone by-elections

Bid to postpone by-electionsThe Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) is considering approaching the Electoral Court to postpone pending by-elections. In a statement on Monday, the IEC's Kate Bapela said level three lockdown restrictions reintroduced prohibitions on political activities and ... Read More

Politician steps up to help

Politician steps up to helpDA spokesperson for health in KZN Dr Rishigen Viranna, a medical doctor who gave up the profession to become a politician, has volunteered to assist overwhelmed public hospitals. Viranna made the announcement on Wednesday after a ... Read More



  'We should have joined the race.'Professor Salim Abdool Karim, head of the Ministerial Advisory Committee, expressing regret that SA did not play a stronger role in vaccine development   '5G is life-threatening, and no one knows it.'The ... Read More

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