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What it’s like to be hospitalised and diabetic: ‘Vaccination saved my life’

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Karyn Maughan lives with diabetes and was partially vaccinated when she contracted the virus that causes COVID-19. But because of vaccination she survived the illness — unlike two of her unvaccinated colleagues, who also had diabetes, and died.

Why COVID jabs will stop new variants in their tracks — if we vaccinate...

SARS-CoV-2 variants are the virus that causes COVID-19’s way of surviving and spreading. The fewer vaccinated people there are, the more chance the virus has to evolve. Here’s where variants come from and how to stop them.

Joining the COVID vaccine queue: Why SA’s teens will have to wait for the...

South Africa’s medical regulatory body has authorised Pfizer’s COVID vaccine for children 12 and up. But it’s unlikely this age group will be included in the country’s national roll-out soon. Find out why.

Can HIV lessons tell us why SA men are so slow to get a...

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Only 40% of South Africans vaccinated against COVID are men. Their perceptions of masculinity, health spaces and their risk to contract the coronavirus, may explain why.

How one policy change could curb two airborne epidemics in South Africa

South Africa must make dramatic shifts in its COVID-19 prevention strategies to include new evidence that SARS-CoV-2 spreads mainly through the air.

When empathy meets evidence: Tackling COVID vaccine hesitancy in SA

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South Africa’s national COVID vaccine roll-out is underway. But some people still have many understandable concerns about getting the jab. Our Mia Malan spoke to experts about how to comfort reluctant loved ones in the latest episode of Health Hub, a Bhekisisa partnership with Newzroom Afrika.

Old habits die hard: J&J’s failure to deliver COVID jabs to SA is nothing...

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South Africa is still awaiting millions of COVID vaccines from Johnson & Johnson even though the country contributed to its COVID research through the Ensemble and Sisonke studies.

Poverty, violence and stress: Why South Africa’s young people are anxious

A study in eThekwini in KwaZulu-Natal found that poverty and violence drive generalised anxiety disorder among youth living in urban informal settlements.

Shoppers, shuttles & schools: How SA plans to ramp up COVID vaccinations

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The health department is working to bring COVID-19 vaccines closer to where everyday people spend their time (malls, businesses, schools) in an effort to meet lagging immunisation targets. Bhekisisa spoke to the health department’s Nicholas Crisp on Health Hub on Newzroom Afrika.

The role of regulators — Why South Africa hasn’t approved Sputnik V yet

Russia’s Sputnik V COVID vaccine has yet to be approved by any stringent regulators. Part of the problem: the manufacturer’s reluctance to share information about the jab. Here’s what it takes for a vaccine to make it through regulatory bodies and how Sputnik got around the process in some countries.

A hamburger recipe, vaccine science edition

What goes into the scientific hamburger of a COVID vaccine? A lot of trust.

How not to run a vaccine clinical trial – The Sputnik case study

Russia’s COVID vaccine, Sputnik V, is plagued by a series of red flags and question marks surrounding its clinical trials and results. Here’s how the jab took a shortcut and created sceptics about its underlying science.

How fast is too fast? In the driver’s seat with the pandemic’s peer reviewers

Checkpoints in the scientific system are put in place to ensure that research can be sped up in a safe way. But during the COVID pandemic, the accelerated timeline to push research out in an effort to help has exposed gaps in the process that allow bad science to slip through.

Correlation ≠ causation: How to link a death to COVID vaccines for sure

Nobody in South Africa has died after getting a COVID vaccine, shows a new report from South Africa’s medicine regulator the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority. Find out how Sahpra links severe side-effects to the vaccines in this easy explainer.

Bhekisisa gets vaxxed

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Join our team and share your vaccine story with us. Tag us on social media and use the hashtag #VaxxedSA to have your vaccine story featured on our #BheVaxxed page.

EXCLUSIVE: Every COVID question you’ve wanted to ask Dr Anthony Fauci

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We ask the infectious diseases specialist Anthony Fauci 18 questions about the COVID pandemic: from what works to counter vaccine hesitancy to whether life will even return to the normal we knew before COVID-19.