• Have you struggled to understand how bad South Africa’s Omicron wave has been? Or, are you wondering how to square South Africa’s low vaccination rates with its low hospitalisation rates?
  • Dr Waasila Jassat heads up the hospital surveillance for the National Institute for Communicable Diseases. She has all the answers you need. 
  • Listen to this short podcast to find out how gaps in the available data influence what we can learn from the country’s fourth COVID wave.

In this podcast, Bhekisisa editor Mia Malan gets to the bottom of the most common questions asked about South Africa’s fourth wave of SARS-CoV-2 infections driven by the Omicron variant. Her guest is Waasila Jassat of the National Institute for Communicable Diseases.
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Mia Malan is Bhekisisa's editor-in-chief and executive director. Under her leadership, Bhekisisa’s online readership increased 30 fold and its donor funding eightfold between 2013 and 2019. Malan has won more than 20 African journalism awards for her work and is a former fellow of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University.

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Danny Booysen is a freelance audio technical producer and has over 30 years of experience in the broadcast industry.