The Western Cape Health Department said that it planned to vaccinate more than 42,000 teachers swiftly once it got the FDA’s green light to administer the Johnson & Johnson jab. Over 200,000 vaccine shots have already been administered in the province and authorities are hoping to scale up even further.[…]
The South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) has accused government of a lack of progress in the COVID-19 vaccine roll out. It says because two doses of the Pfizer vaccine are required, the process is incomplete. According to the Department of Health’s latest report, 870 477 people have received[…]
Premier Alan Winde has on Friday assured residents the Western Cape remains on track to implement a mass vaccination strategy, despite the temporary suspension of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. It also appears the Easter long weekend has not led to a surge in COVID-19 infections. New cases, hospital admissions and deaths[…]
The first batch of SA’s unwanted Astra Zeneca vaccine doses have been dispatched to the AU, the health ministry said on Friday. SA sold its supply of the vaccine, totalling 1 million doses, to the AU after tests showed it offered scant protection against the 501Y.V2 variant of the coronavirus[…]
Business lobby group, Business for South Africa, B4SA, has called on government to shift the emphasis of its vaccine programme to target the elderly and vulnerable sooner, to prevent hospitals being overrun during the expected third wave of COVID-19 infections. South Africa is in the midst of its vaccination campaign[…]
When Issa Saafi rushed his ill mother to the Ramallah government hospital, one of the primary hospitals in the occupied West Bank city, he never anticipated that it would turn into one of his worst nightmares. Safiya Saafi, 70, had fallen ill with Covid-19-like symptoms at her home in Ramallah’s[…]
A South African study of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine trial has indicated that the vaccine does not have the required 60% efficacy against the variant of the coronavirus found in South Africa. The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. This is the first study to raise the[…]
From Israel to Iceland, several governments around the world are adopting so-called coronavirus vaccine passports as they bid to safely reopen borders, unfreeze economies from costly lockdowns and restore a semblance of normality to social life. Supporters of the vaguely-defined certificates argue they have a critical role to play in[…]
Phase two of South Africa’s coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine rollout could begin at the end of April. To date, over a hundred thousand healthcare workers have been vaccinated in phase one of the Johnson& Johnson vaccine drive. Deputy Director General at the Department of Health Doctor Anban Pillay explains that the[…]
The South African Medical Research Council says the vaccination of both private and public sector health care workers is crucial in the fight against COVID19. Its President, Professor Glenda Gray, was among speakers at the launch of the first vaccination centre in the private sector at Melomed Hospital in Gatesville[…]
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