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Clicks buys Pick n Pay’s retail pharmacy business

11 May 2021
SA’s largest pharmacy retail network, Clicks, announced that it plans to buy the Pick n Pay’s retail pharmacy business, including 25 in-store pharmacies which will be rebranded to Clicks.
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Push for tighter lockdown in South Africa

11 May 2021
News24 reported on May 10, that Dr Asmal Dasoo, convenor of the Progressive Health Forum, is convinced that South Africa should move to a higher lockdown level to further limit gatherings. 
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Covid-19 spurs diabetes, according to US research

11 May 2021
According to the latest US research, published in April in the journal Nature, Covid-19 survivors were about 39% more likely to have a new diabetes diagnosis in the six months after infection than non-infected users of the veterans’ affairs health system.
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New variant in SA as third wave threatens

10 May 2021

In the first week of May the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) reported the first SA cases of a coronavirus variant initially identified in India. According to the NICD early signs of a third wave of infections have been detected in Gauteng.

 


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  DoH asks Treasury for more money due to Covid-19

10 May 2021

Basic health services such as testing for HIV/AIDS and TB, maintenance, filling vacancies and the purchasing of new equipment were severely hampered in the last financial year as the National Health Department (DoH) shifted its resources, reported News24 (8 May 2021).


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Aspen can produce generic Covid-19 vaccines in SA

07 May 2021

 

South African company Aspen, the largest medicine producer on the continent, confirmed that it would enable it to manufacture another vaccine - generic or otherwise - at its Ggeberha factory. Aspen currently has a deal with Johnson & Johnson to package its vaccines.

Adcock Ingram, another local pharmaceutical manufacturer, said that it doesn’t have capacity to manufacture vaccines at its plants.


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A third of SA’s Covid-19 survivors may be at risk of reinfection

07 May 2021
More than 55% of people in South Africa may have been infected with Covid-19 already, said Discovery Health CEO Ryan Noach, at the PSG Group’s annual conference. 
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Drug makers slam vaccine patent waiver

07 May 2021

 

According to drug makers US President Joe Biden’s support for waiving patents of Covid-19 vaccines could disrupt a fragile supply chain and that rich countries should instead share more generously with the developing world.

The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA) said that if adopted by the World Trade Organisation, the proposal would invite new manufacturers that lack essential know-how and oversight from the inventors to crowd out established contractors. – Reuters (6 May 2021)


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Medicines regulator appeals to Treasury for more funding

06 May 2021

 

The SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has appealed to the Treasury for a bigger budget, warning that it cannot do its job effectively unless key vacancies are filled.


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Novavax vaccine shows 51% efficacy against SA variant of Covid-19

06 May 2021
Novavax Inc's Covid-19 vaccine had efficacy of 51% against infections caused by the SA variant among people who were HIV negative, and 43% in a group that included people who were HIV positive, according to a new analysis. These findings were published in the New England Journalof Medicine, reported Reuters (6 May 2021).
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US to back SA proposal to waive vaccine IP protections at WTO

06 May 2021
The US trade representative, Katherine Tai, has announced that the US will support a proposal to waive intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines at the World Trade Organisation (WTO). If granted, the proposal will increase global supply of COVID-19-vaccines and better access for poor countries.
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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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