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Wits encouraged by AstraZeneca/Oxford Covid-19 vaccine results

23rd November 2020 The University of the Witwatersrand said on Monday it was encouraged by the results of the Coronavirus vaccine jointly-developed by the University of Oxford and British drug group AstraZeneca. An analysis of the Phase 3 arms of the UK and Brazil studies show a 70.4% efficacy, with data from two... 

Biovac celebrates local manufacture of paediatric vaccine

19th November 2020 Bio-pharmaceutical company Biovac CEO Dr Morena Makhoana on Thursday lauded the commencement of local manufacturing of a six-in-one paediatric vaccine, saying through local manufacturing the company will be able to further strengthen security of supply whilst contributing to the local economy.... 

HIV prevention breakthrough 89% more effective than daily pill – Wits study

11th November 2020 Researchers from the University of the Witswatersrand have announced that CAB LA injections, taken once every eight weeks, are more effective in preventing HIV in women in sub-Saharan Africa, compared with the daily TDF/FTC pill that is currently being used. These are the results of the NPTN... 

Decline in vaccine confidence could compromise effectiveness – survey

6th November 2020 World Economic Forum head of shaping the future of health and healthcare Arnaud Bernaert said a decline in coronavirus vaccine confidence was a remarkable and sad trend as the world moves closer toward a possible vaccine roll-out. A recent WEF/Ipsos global survey revealed that the number of... 

High risk countries list revised, three month stay period allowed

19th October 2020 The South African government on Monday issued the revised list of high risk countries, saying it will allow visitors hoping to stay in the country for a period of three months or more, subject to Coronavirus protocols.  The list was revised based on a risk categorisation model, balancing saving... 

SA’s extreme inequality could erupt – Joel Netshitenzhe

15th October 2020 Democracy without socio-economic rights is ineffectual and South Africa’s extreme inequality is untenable and threatening to erupt as the poor became increasingly despondent, said Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection executive director Joel Netshitenzhe. He said this was partly because... 

SA scientists test efficacy of childhood vaccines against Covid-19 for frontline worker safety

13th October 2020 Focus on frontline worker safety is being put in the spotlight in a new clinical trial, run by scientists from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and the University of Cape Town (UCT), to test whether childhood vaccines can protect healthcare workers from Covid-19 or the subsequent... 

OneAfrica launches food voucher campaign, calls on S Africans to help

25th May 2020 South African public benefit organisation OneAfrica has kicked off its Food Essentials Platform as part of its relief effort during the coronavirus pandemic and has further donated 1 000 food vouchers to support vulnerable households. Details of OneAfrica’s initiative can be found on its website... 

Africa proactive in implementing measures to flatten Covid-19 curve – Ramaphosa

25th May 2020 As the African continent celebrates Africa Day on Monday amid the global coronavirus pandemic, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa acknowledged that despite the resource challenges facing the continent, governments have been swift and proactive in implementing measures in the fight against... 

Covid-19 highlights massive structural inequality – Bonang Mohale

21st May 2020 Bidvest chairperson Bonang Mohale noted on Thursday that the coronavirus has shown that there is indeed huge and deep structural inequality in South Africa. “What Covid-19 has simply done is to demonstrate the huge and deep structural inequality, now laid bare for all to witness. Grotesque and... 

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