Promising results from first vaccines tested against COVID-19 variant in South Africa

Interim results show that Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose vaccine was 85% effective in preventing severe Covid-19 no matter what the variant. Photo credit: Biovac Institute Covid-19 vaccines made by pharmaceutical…

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South African healthcare workers will have to wait until March to hear if they can get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

Photo: Heather Hazzan / SELF Magazine Pfizer says it can't supply South African healthcare workers with its COVID-19 vaccine until it fulfils existing commitments to wealthier countries who pre-ordered vaccines.…

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Read more about the article South Africa’s Eastern Cape has one month to produce rescue plan for health system following baby’s death
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South Africa’s Eastern Cape has one month to produce rescue plan for health system following baby’s death

South Africa's rural Eastern Cape province has just one month to produce a plan to save its faltering health system following the high profile death of a newborn baby.

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‘I was standing there, looking at this child that was busy dying and unable to do anything’

In South Africa's rural Eastern Cape province, one doctor's 14-hour fight to save a dying toddler has sparked a national campaign to fix a healthcare system that many say was broken long ago.

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Read more about the article South Africa’s proposed new IP policy could mean fewer patents, cheaper drugs
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South Africa’s proposed new IP policy could mean fewer patents, cheaper drugs

South Africa currently grants almost every patent application it receives as it doesn’t have a patent review system. Easy patents for pharmaceutical companies mean South African patients pay up to eight times…

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Public hospitals allegedly withhold HIV treatment from immigrants following new provincial policy

US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases At least one Gauteng public hospital has denied HIV treatment to some patients following a newly circulated provincial policy, activists say. Leaked…

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