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The first batch of COVID vaccines touched down in South Africa in February 2021. Health workers were the first to get a jab under the Sisonke study. But even before the country had bought any jabs, our reporters were writing about the logistics and the politics of the project. If you want to know how well the vaccines work, how the different jabs compare or what it takes to create a vaccine from research, to regulation, to rollout, you’re at the right place.

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Health Hub | Why is J&J moving at a snail’s pace with our vaccine deliveries and how does an HIV prevention pill work?

Bhekisisa editor-in-chief Mia Malan speaks to Doctors Without Borders’ Candice Sehoma to find out why (Johnson & Johnson) J&J is so slow to deliver South Africa’s COVID-19 vaccines. 

This episode also looks at how HIV prevention pills and injections work, how much they cost and where they can be accessed in South Africa (or not). Yogan Pillay, country director for the Clinton Health Access Initiative and Linda-Gail Bekker from the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre at the University of Cape Town unpack the science and policies behind these HIV prevention methods. 

Health Hub airs at 9am on Sunday mornings on Newzroom Afrika, DSTV channel 405

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Read Candice Sehoma’s op-ed here.

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