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SA accuses states of being pressurised by big pharma

25 Feb 2021
Countries opposing the vaccine patent waiver at the World Trade Organisation are responsible for 60 percent of the globally-administered Covid-19 vaccines, while 130 countries have not received a single dose, South Africa argued at the formal TRIPS Council meeting on Tuesday. Ten countries have so far administered 75 percent of all Covid-19 vaccines, despite a warning from the World Health Organisation’s chief Tedros Ghebreyesus that the longer it would take to suppress the virus, the more time it would have to mutate, reported News24 (24 Feb 2021).
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Health budget slashed by R67.2-bn

25 Feb 2021
In his Budget Speech on Wednesday February 24, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has announced a R67.2-bn cut to the country's health expenditure over the medium-term.
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Discovery Medical Scheme plans merger with Quantum Medical

24 Feb 2021
ccording to a notice on Discovery’s website Discovery Health Medical Scheme plans to merge with Quantum Medical Aid Society on April 1, 2021.
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‘Health Minister’s ‘family friend’ pocket Covid-19 cash via contracts’

24 Feb 2021

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize’s long-time personal spokesperson and his former private secretary allegedly pocketed Covid-19 cash as paid consultants for a shadowy contractor appointed by the Department of Health, reported Pieter-Louis Myburgh in Daily Maverick (24 Feb 2021) The company, Digital Vibes, has secured DoH contracts worth more than
R82-m for work related to the pandemic.


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WHO to pay compensation for Covax-19 vaccine side effects under Covax scheme

23 Feb 2021
Reuters reported (22 Feb) that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has agreed a no-fault compensation plan for claims of serious side effects in people in 92 poorer countries due to get COVID-19 vaccines via the Covax sharing scheme.
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Ramaphosa pushes vaccine self-reliance

22 Feb 2021
President Cyril Ramaphosa said he has asked the Minister of Higher Education & Innovation [Blade Nzimande] to put together a team of scientists to develop SA vaccines, reported Business Day (19 Feb 2021).
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R126-m worth of ivermectin seized at OR Tambo

22 Feb 2021

 

On Friday, Feb 19, Police seized R126-m worth of ivermectin at OR Tambo International Airport.

Police described it as a “major breakthrough in clamping down the illegal importation of unregistered medicines”.


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Web of fraud and corruption uncovered at GEMS

22 Feb 2021
“The Government Employees’ Medical Scheme (GEMS) has been rocked by allegations of tender rigging, fraud, maladministration and corruption totalling more than R300-m”, reported News24 (22 Feb 2021).
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COVID-19: The big wave is coming

09 Jun 2020

“It is only a matter of time before the rest of South Africa reaches the surge in COVID-19 coronavirus cases currently being experienced in the Western Cape, experts warn,” reported City Press (7 June 2020).


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