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The first batch of COVID vaccines touched down in South Africa in February 2021. Health workers were the first to get a jab under the Sisonke study. But even before the country had bought any jabs, our reporters were writing about the logistics and the politics of the project. If you want to know how well the vaccines work, how the different jabs compare or what it takes to create a vaccine from research, to regulation, to rollout, you’re at the right place.

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[PODCAST] When will COVID end? Prof Abdool Karim explains

  • How long are the gaps between the end of one COVID wave and the start of another? In South Africa, it’s been about three months consistently, says epidemiologist Salim Abdool Karim.
  • That means South Africa’s fifth wave of infections could land by the end of April. It will not, however, be driven by the Omicron or Delta variants of the virus.
  • While South Africa could drop some of its COVID restrictions (such as outdoor masking) jabs and masks indoors are crucial, he tells Mia Malan in this podcast.

Mia Malan is the founder and editor-in-chief of Bhekisisa. She has worked in newsrooms in Johannesburg, Nairobi and Washington, DC, winning more than 30 awards for her radio, print and television work.