Govt in consultation with pharmaceutical companies on COVID-19 vaccine

President Cyril Ramaphosa says government is in consultation with several international pharmaceutical companies to get access to a vaccine to combat the coronavirus. US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer earlier announced that its vaccine candidate is showing promising results in stage-three trials of 92% efficacy in preventing COVID-19. Addressing the nation on[…]

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Facebook to ban ads that discourage vaccines

Facebook will start banning advertisements that discourage people from getting vaccinated, the social media company said, as it also announced a new flu vaccine information campaign. The United States-based company said in a blog post on Tuesday that ads advocating for or against legislation or government policies around vaccines, including a COVID-19[…]

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Worldwide Covid-19 cases near 10m

Global coronavirus cases are expected to tip over 10 million on Sunday, marking a major milestone in the spread of the disease that has so far killed almost 500,000 people in seven months. The figure is roughly double the number of severe influenza illnesses recorded annually, according to the World[…]

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Mkhize says two-thirds of SA likely to get Covid-19

During a question-and-answer session with doctors in Pretoria, Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize echoed statistics that have now become commonly expressed globally, including by German chancellor Angela Merkel, who earlier this month predicted that as much as 70% of German citizens would contract Covid-19, caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.[…]

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Vaccine holds hope for end of Ebola

The world is for the first time on the verge of being able to protect humans against Ebola, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, as data from a trial in Guinea showed a vaccine was 100 percent effective. Initial results from the trial, which tested Merck (MRK.N) and[…]

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