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Department pushes for end to Covid-19 jabs for specific sectors

Acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi will present a proposal to the interministerial committee on Covid-19 to scrap the current vaccination strategy and focus on expanding vaccination coverage by age.

Roche forecasts drop in Covid testing unit’s growth

“Swiss healthcare company Roche said growth momentum for its Covid-19 testing business will probably abate in the coming months, signalling a levelling off of the jackpot that has fuelled sales recently,” reported Bloomberg News (22 July 2021).

Medical schemes will struggle to effect high increases next year

Medical scheme members may be in for lower premium increases next year if Covid-19 doesn’t suddenly throw the industry’s financials in disarray and medical aid claims patterns stay the way they’ve been up to now, reported Fin24 (23 July 2021). 

Covid-19 drives excess natural deaths to more than 200 000

 According to the latest weekly report from the Medical Research Council (MRC) more than three quarters of the 203 000 excess deaths from natural causes that have occurred in SA in the past 15 months were among people aged 60 or above.


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