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No jab, no job

17 Sep 2021
Business for South Africa (B4SA), which is made up of Business Unity SA and the Black Business Council and was formed to respond to the Covid-19 crisis, has thrown its weight behind the introduction of vaccine mandates in SA, reported Daily Maverick (17 September 2021).
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Role of HIV complicates Covid-19 strategy

16 Sep 2021
The world’s biggest number of HIV cases is complicating SA’s efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic,raising the risk of more mutated versions emerging and spreading across the globe, reported Bloomberg (15 September 2021).
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SAHPRA streamlines approval process for vaccines’

16 Sep 2021
Dr Semete-Makokotlela, CEOof the SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA), announced that SAHPRA - as well as other regulators - have agreed on the minimum requirements for the various countries to speed up the processes of reviewing Covid-19 vaccines.
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Pfizer booster shows positive results against Covid-19

16 Sep 2021

 

In a presentation, posted on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, Pfizer says real-world data from Israel and the US suggest that in the context of the Delta variant “vaccine protection against Covid-19 infection wanes approximately 6 to 8 months following the second dose”. The decrease in effectiveness is “primarily due to waning of vaccine immune responses over time”, rather than the Delta variant.


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Doctors say learning without blame is key to improving patient safety - survey

15 Sep 2021
“Nine in ten SA doctors believe healthcare professionals must be able to admit errors, apologise and learn from mistakes without fear of blame, regulatory action or criminal charges in the event of an adverse incident with a patient.This is according to a survey of 590 doctors conducted by the Medical Protection Society (MPS), which represents 30,000 healthcare professionals in SA,” reported TimesLive (15 September 2021).
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Pandemic sends ADHD symptoms into overdrive

15 Sep 2021
The increase of up to 80% in time spent in front of screens since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic has led to a spike in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms. – TimesLive (15 September 2021)
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Regulator ‘blocks SA production of Sputnik vaccine’

14 Sep 2021

 

The Russian Direct Investment Fund, financiers of the development of the Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik V, are blaming the SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) of preventing them to set up a manufacturing site for Sputnik V in Cape Town.


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SAMA opposes changes for pharmacy guidelines

13 Sep 2021

“SA health professionals are up in arms over proposed changes in new pharmacy guidelines,” reported Cape Argus (13 September 2021).


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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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