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Tours, trips and travel: Why vaccine passports may be a route back to normal...

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After a year of lockdowns and restrictions, vaccine passports could allow people to travel more freely within their communities, enter other countries or engage in leisure activities that were largely prohibited during the COVID pandemic. But they also have the potential to further divide the global rich from the global poor.

Ending a pandemic: How to calculate how many people need to get vaccinated

How do you work out which proportion of a population needs to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity? We break it down and calculate how each jab would change how many people need to be vaccinated in order to stop COVID from spreading in the country.

One mask to rule them all: This type of cloth mask is better than...

Imagine the layers of your mask as a spider web, catching respiratory droplets as you breathe in and out — but some masks have more efficient webs than others.

‘No respecter of persons’: Why COVID-19 variants don’t recognise vaccine passports

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As long as the coronavirus is still circulating in many parts of the world, mutations will continue to occur. This means that herd immunity in any individual country may be thwarted by new variants that can bypass the protections offered by current vaccines. Here’s why worldwide vaccination needs to happen as quickly as possible.

Trials, tinsel & tango: Go inside Linda-Gail Bekker’s COVID world

Linda-Gail Bekker says researching infectious diseases such as COVID-19 and HIV is like a colossal round of the murder mystery cluedo. Follow the story of the scientist with the purple pixie-cut from a farm in Zimbabwe to her inauguration as the first African president of the International Aids Society and beyond.

COVID immunity: Will it last a lifetime or fade in a flash?

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Countries around the world have begun vaccinating against COVID-19 — and it’s working. The jabs help protect people from severe disease. But for how long? Find out.

Where can South Africa’s healthcare workers get a COVID vaccine?

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More COVID vaccines are arriving in South Africa over the next few weeks. These jabs are allocated for healthcare workers as part of the Sisonke trial. Find out where they'll be available.

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

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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?

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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

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

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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

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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...

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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

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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...

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