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This country used to chain psychiatric patients to their beds. Here’s what happened when...

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A psychiatric facility in Freetown has stepped away from its colonial past and removed these ‘shackles’ from their patients.

Inside SA’s mRNA hub: What it looks like and how it works

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Afrigen Biologics, a Cape Town pharmaceutical company, has made Africa’s first COVID jab as part of the World Health Organisation’s mRNA vaccine technology transfer hub. How did they do it and what’s next?

The science of sequencing: How Africa is preparing for future pandemics

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Africa is building up a genomic surveillance network of 12 regional hubs that will help the continent to prepare for future pandemics.

How Africa plans to make 60% of the vaccines needed on the continent

Africa is building up its own vaccine manufacturing capacity which will make the continent less dependent on wealthy nations for vaccine supply.

A confusing COVID caseload: Why Africa’s missing numbers show a different side to the...

African countries are still struggling for COVID-19 vaccines. One reason for this is the misconception that the continent wasn’t hard-hit by the pandemic. But the numbers tell a different story.

How fast is too fast? In the driver’s seat with the pandemic’s peer reviewers

Checkpoints in the scientific system are put in place to ensure that research can be sped up in a safe way. But during the COVID pandemic, the accelerated timeline to push research out in an effort to help has exposed gaps in the process that allow bad science to slip through.

COVID crash course: A walkthrough of everything you need to know about viruses, variants...

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COVID variants are new versions of the virus that are smarter at surviving. But before we can understand what these changed forms mean for vaccines, we first need to go back to the basics. We take you through the evolution of the virus and what this means for your body’s defences.

Q&A: Six things you’d want to know about COVID jabs

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South Africa is on the verge of rolling out COVID vaccines widely, but can we vaccinate children and pregnant women, and which jabs work against the 501Y.V2 variants identified in South Africa? We asked the epidemiologist and former ministerial advisory committee chairperson, Salim Adbool Karim.

Who should get the COVID-19 vaccine first in South Africa?

Now that the world has its first effective COVID jabs, the next challenge we have to tackle is who gets them? Here’s why the public could be key to answering this complex question in South Africa.
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Young or old: Who should get a COVID-19 jab first?

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Mathematicians are exploring models to figure out how COVID vaccines should be distributed to have the biggest impact. Should they give it to older...

‘The toughest story I’ve covered’: How COVID-19 changed journalism

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Three journalists and a scientist unpack how the coronavirus pandemic changed their jobs and the news landscape. Watch the discussion here. Resource details: Publication title:...

What developing countries can teach the Global North about how to respond to a...

When it comes to leadership and innovation, there's much that industrialised nations can learn. Nine months into the pandemic, Europe remains one of...

COVID vaccines 101: Breaking down the good, the bad, and the promise of the...

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With hundreds of potential COVID vaccine candidates being tested around the world, here’s a quick guide to which ones you should keep an eye on — and when we could see results.

South Africa is ‘extremely unlikely’ to have COVID vaccine results before next year

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One of South Africa’s three COVID-19 vaccine trials was recently put on hold after a participant in the United Kingdom developed an unexplained illness....

Will SA buy this COVID drug for thousands per person – if it...

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This medicine has been shown to slash COVID recovery times by more than a quarter. But will It become available in South Africa —...

From hunger to abuse: Seven women tell us how COVID has devastated their lives

Experts fear the COVID-19 pandemic may set gender equality back decades. Here, seven women explain the struggles it has brought and their hopes for...