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How do we know if South Africa is in a third wave — and...

A team in the country’s COVID ministerial advisory committee (MAC) uses a formula to keep tabs on the rise of infections. Here’s how it works.

A false sense of safety? Why ending the COVID pandemic doesn’t stop with vaccines

The world was able to develop COVID-19 vaccines in just over a year. But much more needs to be done before we can end the pandemic.

No teachers will get J&J jabs this week — the US first has to...

SA will receive 480 000 additional COVID vaccines from Johnson & Johnson — but only if they’re found to be safe. Meanwhile, we’ll only hear in the week of June 7 if we can release our first two batches of 31 million Johnson & Johnson jabs.

What’s it like to get a COVID-19 vaccine? We take you on an inside...

What does the inside of a vaccination centre look like and how do nurses administer the jab that goes into your arm? We show you the vials, syringes and vaccinators — and explain the science behind it.

The Sisonke trial rewrote history. Eight lessons for the nationwide vaccine roll-out

Usually, the gap between designing a study and scaling it up to reach people on the ground takes years. Sisonke did it in a matter of 17 days – and rewrote history.

Can you still spread the coronavirus after getting a vaccine? Find out

What’s the likelihood of vaccinated people passing on SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19? A growing body of evidence shows that COVID-19 jabs can substantially reduce the chance of transmitting the virus to others. Find out why.

Good news for vaccinators? SA can now keep Pfizer jabs in a bar fridge...

New data from Pfizer confirms the lifespan of their COVID vaccine in a refrigerator is more than six times longer than initially estimated.

How long will you wait for a COVID vaccination appointment? We answer 7 EVDS...

The only way to book an appointment for a COVID jab is to register on the government’s electronic vaccination system. But how does the system decide who gets vaccinated first and what happens if you missed an appointment? We asked the health department.

Finding an HIV vaccine: Five lessons from the search for a COVID jab

The COVID pandemic has revealed that vaccine development and testing timelines can be shrunk from decades to months. But not without its shortcomings. Here’s a look at what lessons we can learn from the search for a COVID jab.

‘First in, first out’: Why you should register for your COVID jab ASAP

How does the government decide who gets an sms message for a vaccination appointment first and will all healthcare workers really be vaccinated this week? We break it down.

Here’s how phase 2 of SA’s COVID vaccine roll-out works

Since the start of 2020 the country has paused its roll-out twice, swopped AstraZeneca jabs for Pfizer’s and J&J’s and now, phase two will finally begin on May 17. Here’s what you can expect.

Winning the COVID vaccine race: Why the TRIPS waiver is just the beginning

Waiving COVID vaccine intellectual property rights is a start, but ending the pandemic also requires that drug companies share the know-how of how to produce their jabs and that more countries develop the capacity to produce shots.

When will you get your COVID jab? Find out

Struggling to figure out when your turn for a COVID vaccine will arrive? Bhekisisa and Media Hack have teamed up to create infographics that make it easier to decipher. This is a living document: when the timeline or guidelines change, we will create an updated graphic and upload it here.

How rare is very rare? Your questions about blood clots – answered

Vaccines will only be registered for use in South Africa if their common side-effects are mild. To qualify as a “very rare” side-effect, the symptom needs to affect fewer than one in 10 000 people. Here’s why.

Why South Africa stopped making vaccines

The high demand for COVID vaccines means there are limited global supplies. Local manufacturing is one potential solution to this problem. So why isn’t South Africa making its own jabs? Find out.
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All about the air: How COVID turned oxygen into a luxury

Access to oxygen could mean the difference between living or dying for a COVID patient. But developing countries lack the infrastructure to produce liquid oxygen and transport it to hospitals. Now a team of scientists at Cambridge University has come up with a solution.