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