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Vaccine misinformation: What to do when it’s coming from leaders

Refuting lies about vaccines peddled by those in leadership positions may be less about trying to change their minds and more about protecting those who might be listening.

COVID-19: What happens if some countries don’t vaccinate?

Some countries, such as Tanzania and Madagascar, have issued statements saying they do not have plans to vaccinate their populations against COVID-19. Find out what this means for the global effort to contain the pandemic.

Child-friendly COVID messaging matters. Here’s how you can do it right

The new coronavirus has changed a lot about our lives and children haven’t been spared.  Warnings about the coronavirus...
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Hindsight is 2020: Three lessons from our second wave

Specialist scientists, masks, hand sanitiser and stricter rules for liquor sales will be crucial to easing the burden of South Africa’s future COVID-19 waves, experts say.

How COVID vaccines get approved: 4 things you need to know

Why did the one-million AstraZeneca vaccines South Africa received earlier this month have to be sent for lab tests but not the Johnson & Johnson jabs that arrived this week? The world of regulatory approval for medicines can be confusing. We break it down for you.

Crime and (no) punishment: Why Africa’s ports are vulnerable to counterfeit COVID vaccines

Africa’s ports are vulnerable to crime and corruption. Now they’re set to be the main thoroughfare for COVID vaccines entering the continent. Here’s why we need a better strategy to curb potential counterfeits coming through.

SA’s COVID vaccine roll-out is a go. Find out where health workers can get...

Eighty thousand Johnson & Johnson jabs will touch down at OR Tambo International Airport today and be distributed to 16 sites across the country where healthcare workers will be vaccinated. Find out more.

[EXCLUSIVE] Little vials, big crime: Criminals primed for onslaught on Africa’s vaccines

COVID vaccines have become one of the most sought after commodities in the world, but manufacturers simply can’t produce enough jabs for everyone who needs them. Bhekisisa investigates what this means for the emergence of a vaccine black market, as well as vaccine theft and falsification.

SA’s first J&J jabs could arrive next week. Here’s what our roll-out plan looks...

We spoke to experts, looked at the data of studies and relistened to Sunday’s health department briefing to break it down.

Vaccine hesitancy could derail efforts to end COVID. Here’s how South Africa could fix...

Vaccine hesitancy is nothing new – people have delayed or refused vaccination since immunisations existed. But vaccine hesitancy poses a significant threat to health efforts – particularly during a pandemic.

Q & A: Our COVID vaccines have arrived. Here’s what will happen next

One million COVID-19 vaccines will land at OR Tambo today. The jabs will be reserved for health workers. But how will they get to the workers and what will happen to the shots once they get here? We break it down for you.

The barcoding gap: Can South Africa protect its COVID jabs from crime?

Full track and traceability of COVID jabs won’t happen during South Africa’s vaccine roll-out, as the health department has not yet adopted the “overarching” system that would make this possible.

[PHOTOS]: ‘We need staff, psychological help’: Go inside a Gauteng COVID ICU fighting the...

Driven by a more infectious new COVID variant, the second wave of South Africa’s coronavirus pandemic has seen considerably more infections than the first wave. This meant health workers have had to deal with more hospitalisations and deaths — and pressure. Bhekisisa visited George Mukhari Academic Hospital north of Tshwane to document the second wave realities experienced by doctors and nurses.

Miracles and medicine: How COVID-19 has been changing the traditional remedies game

Traditional and mainstream medicine have long been at odds. But COVID-19 may be providing the impetus for the two sides to...

Will vaccines work against the new COVID variants? Scientists race to find out

One year later and the new coronavirus is still posing new questions for researchers. The recent emergence of new COVID-19 variants across the world has left scientists searching for answers once again as they try to understand what these changes mean for the pandemic — and vaccine roll-outs.

Back to school? Why paediatricians are torn on whether kids should be part of...

As countries around the world begin preparing their plans for rolling out a COVID vaccine, one group remains on the sidelines — children. With some candidates only recently receiving emergency approval for use in adults, they are still in the early stages of seeing how these jabs will work in children. But some paediatricians think it’s worth waiting.