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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 | Pfizer’s COVID jab is approved for SA teens and how transphobia blocks access to government hospitals


Now that the Pfizer vaccine has been registered for teenagers in SA, when can parents and those 12 years and older expect to get the jab? Bhekisisa editor-in-chief Mia Malan got answers from the health department’s acting director general, Nicholas Crisp, and the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority’s senior manager for pharmaceutical evaluations, Silverani Padayachee.

Transphobia is rife in government health facilities. Trans rights activist and filmmaker Zoey Black shares her story and expands on how discrimination limits access to much needed care.

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

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