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Omicron may spread more easily

30 Nov 2021
In a virtual briefing, led by Health Minister Joe Phaahla, Prof Salim Abdool Karim former co-chair of the Health Minister’s Covid advisory committee, said he is expecting SA will top 10 000 cases per day by the end of the week, and see pressure on hospitals within the next two to three weeks because of the rapidity of transmission.
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Aspen close to new deal to produce vaccines in SA

30 Nov 2021
Bloomberg News reported on November 30, that Aspen is in “advanced discussions” for a licensing agreement to allow it to produce and sell a Covid-19 vaccine in Africa. The company previously said it was in talks with Johnson & Johnson about a licence that would mean that it could make its own-branded Covid-19 vaccine. Currently, Aspen has an agreement with Johnson & Johnson to package and fill vials of its vaccine at a plant in Gqeberha.
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Big business urges jab mandates as fourth wave builds

30 Nov 2021
Business for SA (B4SA) warned that SA must urgently accelerate its Covid-19 vaccination rate with compulsory workplace jabs and restricted access to public places as it enters its fourth wave of infections, reported Business Day (30Nov 2021)
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'OPINION | Mandatory vaccination is not about coercion' - Business Day ( 30 Nov 2021)

30 Nov 2021
“Mandatory vaccination” has a draconian air about it, where people are vaccinated against their will and in contravention of their right to bodily autonomy,” wrote Martin Kingston, chair of B4SA in Business Day (30 Nov 2021).
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Big business urges jab mandates as fourth wave builds

30 Nov 2021
Business for SA (B4SA) warned that SA must urgently accelerate its Covid-19 vaccination rate with compulsory workplace jabs and restricted access to public places as it enters its fourth wave of infections, reported Business Day (30Nov 2021).
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Jabs for over-50s the top priority in new Covid wave

29 Nov 2021
“SA’s vaccine stockpile of nearly 20-m doses should be used to give booster jabs to high-risk groups, and at least 85% of those aged over 50 need to be vaccinated without delay,” said Wits University dean of health and professor of vaccinology Shabir Madhi.
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No need to panic about new strain

29 Nov 2021

“The more than 30 mutations of B.115.2.9, now known as Omicron, probably make this strain of Sars-

CoV-2 more contagious and may have an impact on the effectiveness of vaccines and previous disease to

prevent infection, but there is no indication yet that it is more dangerous than other variants,” reported City Press (28 November 2021).


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OPINION | Newly graduated doctors are in limbo

29 Nov 2021

“Every year, without fail, the South African Department of Health fails to allocate medical graduates and junior doctors to their respective posts as promised,” reported Daily Maverick (29 November 2021).


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Scientists debate rule change to allow for self-testing

29 Nov 2021

“The Health Minister’s advisory committee (MAC) on Covid-19 is discussing whether the government

should scrap rules that stop people from being able to do their own Covid-19 tests at home, school or work,” reported Business Day (29 November 2021).


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Activists demands change in intellectual property laws

10 Nov 2021

 

Activists from Fix the Patent Laws Campaign (FTPL) urged government to change intellectual property laws to allow more people to access lifesaving medicine for serious ailments such as cancer, HIV, Covid, tuberculosis, mental health and diabetes.


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Vaccination slashes Covid deaths and ICU stays

10 Nov 2021
Bloomberg reported on 9th November that an Australian study found that people who are fully vaccinated are 16 times less likely to end up in intensive care wards or to die from Covid-19 than those who have not been immunised.
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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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