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Four lessons from 40 years of HIV: Why COVID doesn’t end with equitable vaccine...

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Inequity in COVID vaccine access echoes mistakes from the HIV response. In the forty years since Aids was first identified, there have also been several lessons on how to contain a pandemic. Starting with equity and supporting health systems.

Half of KZN patients have no chronic medication. Here’s how looting affected SA’s COVID...

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Vaccines were stolen and many urban vaccine sites had to close as Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal erupted into chaos this past week. The biggest loss however is not vaccines, but the chronic medicines that were looted leaving those with HIV, cancer and diabetes without their medication.

A pandemic without an end: How systemic racism is hampering vaccine uptake

COVID vaccine roll-outs are missing communities of colour. This has been linked to distrust in health services among minority groups due to historical abuse. But that further victimises these communities. Here’s why racism continues to pervade the health system and breed mistrust.

How well is Pfizer’s COVID jab working in SA? We break down some of...

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A local analysis found promising protective effects of the Pfizer COVID vaccine — even among those who had only received one dose. The data from Discovery Health illustrates how vaccination can lower your risk of infection. But even with this promise, the variants circulating in South Africa means we shouldn’t abandon existing safety measures.

Are you stuck at home with your abuser? This tool can help

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This free tool will point you to gender-based violence services closest to you – no mobile data required.

‘We only write about them when they are dead’: Hate killings of black lesbians...

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Nearly three decades after South Africa’s first Gay and Lesbian pride march, journalist and researcher Nechama Brodie takes a look at the violent history the country’s black lesbians have endured.

Biovac will “fill and finish” Pfizer’s COVID jab. Here’s how tech transfer works

Biovac will become the first company in Africa to produce Pfizer/BioNTech's COVID jab — but they won't produce the vaccine from scratch. The SA manufacturer will import the drug substance (the active ingredient that makes the vaccine work) from Europe and "fill and finish" the shot in South Africa.

Lockdown cheat sheet: Adjusted level 4 extended until 25 July

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Gauteng is closed for the next two weeks. Gym sessions are over for now, as are alcohol sales and visits with your friends and family at home.

Rise of the variants: What you need to know about the Delta variant in...

South Africa’s lockdown regulations are tightening in order to better curb the spread of COVID-19. This comes amid concerns that a new variant, called Delta, detected in some provinces, could drive a surge of infections during the country’s third wave.

The EVDS will schedule your appointments 6 weeks apart. Here’s why

South Africa doubled the dosing interval for the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. We take a look at what other countries have done and the evidence for the move.

J&J will deliver 2-million new jabs to SA – within 2 weeks, says...

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Johnson & Johnson plans to replace our two million unusable jabs by July. The vaccines are unsuitable for use and must be destroyed, while the country’s vaccination programme lags behind schedule.

Three for three: Understanding the 3 COVID variants circulating during SA’s third wave

Which variants have been detected in South Africa and how do they differ? Each form of the virus has slight changes and therefore behaves slightly differently and could impact what the epidemic looks like. We break it down.

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

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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...

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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...

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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.