COVID-19: First mRNA vaccine tech transfer hub a ‘great step forward’
The World Health Organization (WHO) is supporting a South African consortium in establishing the first COVID-19 mRNA vaccine technology transfer hub, the UN agency announced on Monday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - June 21, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Vaccine technology transfer center to open in South Africa
The head of the World Health Organization says the U.N. organization is in talks to create the first-ever technology transfer hub for coronavirus vaccines in South Africa, a move to boost supply to the continent desperately in need of COVID-19 jabs (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

‘Not Equitable and Not Fair.’ How the WHO Plans to Solve Africa’s Desperate Shortage of COVID-19 Vaccines
(JOHANNESBURG) — The World Health Organization is in talks to create the first-ever technology transfer hub for coronavirus vaccines in South Africa, a move to boost supply to the continent that’s desperately in need of COVID-19 shots, the head of the U.N. agency announced. The new consortium will include drug makers Biovac and Afrigen Biologics and Vaccines, a network of universities and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. They will develop training facilities for other vaccine makers to make shots that use a genetic code of the spike protein, known as mRNA vaccines. “We are now in dis...
Source: TIME: Health - June 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 wire Source Type: news

‘Not Equitable and Not Fair.’ How the WHO Plans to Solve Africa’s Desperate Shortage of COVID-19 Vaccines
(JOHANNESBURG) — The World Health Organization is in talks to create the first-ever technology transfer hub for coronavirus vaccines in South Africa, a move to boost supply to the continent that’s desperately in need of COVID-19 shots, the head of the U.N. agency announced. The new consortium will include drug makers Biovac and Afrigen Biologics and Vaccines, a network of universities and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. They will develop training facilities for other vaccine makers to make shots that use a genetic code of the spike protein, known as mRNA vaccines. “We are now in dis...
Source: TIME: Science - June 21, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 wire Source Type: news

Africa: WHO Supporting South Africa to Establish COVID mRNA Vaccine Technology Transfer Hub
[WHO] Geneva/Johannesburg/Paris: Geneva/Johannesburg/Par -- The World Health Organization (WHO) and its COVAX partners are working with a South African consortium comprising Biovac, Afrigen Biologics and Vaccines, a network of universities and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to establish its first COVID mRNA vaccine technology transfer hub. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 21, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Provinces At Various Stages of Readiness for Primary School Learners Return
[SAnews.gov.za] Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says the provinces are at various stages of readiness for the return of all primary school learners to school on a daily basis. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 21, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Teachers, Staff Urged to Be At School Ahead of Jabs
[SAnews.gov.za] The Department of Basic Education is calling on all teachers and staff to be at school in order to prepare for the COVID-19 vaccination programme set to start on Wednesday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 21, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Gauteng Dealing With Covid-19 Third Wave Pressure
[SAnews.gov.za] Gauteng Health MEC, Dr Nomathemba Mokgethi, has assured the public that healthcare workers and the department remain committed to tackling the third wave of COVID-19 infections. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 21, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Vaccination of Teachers, Support Staff to Start On Wednesday
[SAnews.gov.za] The Covid-19 vaccination of teachers and support staff will start this Wednesday until a day before the schools close to mark the end of the second term on 8 July 2021. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 21, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Covid-19 Vaccinations - Homeless People At Risk of Being Left Out
[GroundUp] Homeless people are at risk of being left behind in the Covid-19 vaccination drive if they do not have identity documents. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 21, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: UP Expert On What You Need to Know About Food-Borne Risks
[Daily Maverick] Unsafe food that contains harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances causes more than 200 diseases, which is why it is vital that consumers familiarise themselves with the risks that can arise from what they eat, says Professor Elna Buys, Head of the Department of Consumer and Food Sciences at the University of Pretoria (UP). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 21, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: SA Has Faced Pandemics Before and Can Beat Covid-19 - but Only If We Work Together
[Daily Maverick] We are now in the midst of a third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. We may be tired of this persistent enemy, but it is not yet tired of us. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 21, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Diamond" rush is a bust, leaving many with lots of quartz, and shattered dreams
Thousands bought into the dream that a tiny village in South Africa was sitting on hidden treasure. For many, it was a dream fueled by... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Monday
The World Health Organization is setting up a technology transfer hub for producing mRNA COVID-19 vaccines in South Africa, officials said Monday, as they reiterated their call for stepped-up efforts to get vaccines to lower-income countries. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/World Source Type: news

Southern Africa: South African Surgeons to Reconstruct Face of Boy Attacked By Hyena in Zimbabwe
[RFI] Plastic surgeons in Johannesburg, South Africa have begun preparing to reconstruct the face of a nine-year-old Zimbabwean boy mauled by a hyena in an attack last month. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 21, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Collaborate to Communicate in a Crisis - How Clinicians, Scientists and Journalists Pulled Together to Spread Good Science
[Daily Maverick] The Covid-19 pandemic has ramped up the pressure on journalists, scientists, clinicians and politicians to communicate science clearly and with care. They may strive for this same goal, but could never replace one another: it's the communication and collaboration between them that makes for scientific stories the public can trust. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 21, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Stuck Between Irrelevance and a Hard Place, Malema Screams Conspiracy, Calls for Violence... Again
[Daily Maverick] The EFF leader is politicising the most important issue of our time: The Covid-19 vaccination drive. There is zero evidence he is doing this for the good of South Africa's people and that he cares in any way for anyone who is not his supporter or follower. He has provided no evidence for any of his claims. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 21, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: People Living With Disabilities Struggle to Overcome Severe Disruptions to Life and Health Caused By the Pandemic
[Daily Maverick] Disabled people have been battling to access their care and have sometimes been cut off from their caregivers as the pandemic safety measures and strain on health systems has further disadvantaged them. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 21, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: President Ramaphosa Calls for Covid Regulations Compliance
[SAnews.gov.za] President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on South Africans to do their bit to limit the impact of the unravelling third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 21, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: 13,155 More People Test Positive for Covid-19
[SAnews.gov.za] South Africa conducted 55 593 COVID-19 tests on Sunday, of which 13 155 results came back positive. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 21, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Military Health Practitioners to Assist Gauteng
[SAnews.gov.za] Government has employed the help of the South African National Defence Force to fight the spread of COVID-19 in Gauteng, as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to peak. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 18, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Police Officers to Get Vaccinated After Teachers
[SAnews.gov.za] Police officers are next in line to get vaccinated after the inoculation of teachers. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 18, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Studies Show Good Immune Response to J & J Vaccine
[SAnews.gov.za] Studies are showing a good immune response to the Johnson& Johnson (J&J) single-dose COVID-19 vaccine. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 18, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Patients At a Knysna Clinic Wait Outside for Hours to Get Medication
[GroundUp] Health department says it could soon be using a nearby church hall to dispense medication to prevent patients crowding at the clinic's gates (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 18, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Undiagnosed and untreated disease identified in rural South Africa
(University of Alabama at Birmingham) A comprehensive health-screening program in rural northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, has found a high burden of undiagnosed or poorly controlled non-communicable diseases, according to a study published in The Lancet Global Health. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 18, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: Why Is the Government in Such a Muddle Over Vaccinations?
[Daily Maverick] President Cyril Ramaphosa's pronouncements about vaccine supply are muddled. Apparent incoherence and a lack of transparency may be the symptoms of a vaccine strategy that is coming to be driven by political, not scientific considerations. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 17, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Tavern Owners Raise a Glass to On-Site Alcohol Sales
[Daily Maverick] South Africa has been moved to Alert Level 3 regulations because of the increase in confirmed Covid-19 infections. One of the new regulations limits the off-site sale of alcohol. The move to allow on-site sales has been welcomed by tavern owners, who say this will keep their livelihoods afloat. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 17, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: The Disappearing Decuplets - Deconstructing the Fable of the 10 Babies
[Daily Maverick] Sorry, South Africa, but the decuplets do not exist. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - June 17, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

South Africa: Teachers to Be Vaccinated From Next Week
[SAnews.gov.za] The National Health Department says it is ready to start vaccinating teachers in their numbers from next week. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 17, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: SA Records 13,246 New Covid-19 Cases
[SAnews.gov.za] South Africa recorded the highest daily spike since January after 13 246 people tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 17, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Why Is the Government in Such a Muddle Over Vaccination?
[GroundUp] Decisions are chaotic and lack transparency (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 17, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Can Community Health Workers Help Expand Access to Mental Health Services?
[spotlight] South Africa faces a severe mental health burden compounded by a chronic shortage of mental health practitioners in the public sector. Over 30% of those living in South Africa have experienced a depressive, anxiety, or substance use disorder in their lifetime, according to a national survey. Yet studies show only 15% of those with mental health conditions receive treatment. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 17, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Week Five - a Timeline for J & J Jabs and Gauteng Allows Walk-Ins At All Public Sites
[Daily Maverick] Aspen has hinted at a more detailed timeline for the replacement of the 2 million Johnson& Johnson Covid-19 vaccine doses which have to be destroyed. And amid its third wave, Gauteng has opened all public sites to walk-ins. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 16, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: The Government Should Explain Plans in Wake of Johnson and Johnson Vaccine Setback
[Daily Maverick] Johnson& Johnson jabs were central to plans to scale up South Africa's Covid-19 vaccination programme. With news that a first consignment of two million doses cannot be used, it is critical that the government play open cards with the public about its revised vaccination plans and timelines and what steps it is taking to procure more vaccines faster. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 16, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Negotiations for Sputnik, Sinovac Vaccines At Advanced Stage
[SAnews.gov.za] Deputy President David Mabuza says negotiations with the manufacturers of Sputnik V and Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines are at an advanced stage. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 16, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: SA Records 8,436 New Covid-19 Cases
[SAnews.gov.za] South Africa on Tuesday recorded 8 436 new COVID-19 cases, with a 17.8% positivity rate. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 16, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: SA Moves to Lockdown Level 3, With Tighter Curfew and Alcohol Restrictions
[SAnews.gov.za] President Cyril Ramaphosa has ordered the country into stricter lockdown regulations, as government gears to tackle the third wave of COVID-19 cases. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 16, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Pandemic Snafu - Rising Infections, Slow Vaccinations and a Call for a Malfeasance Inquiry
[Daily Maverick] As the Democratic Alliance on Tuesday called for a special parliamentary probe into delays and dereliction in Covid-19 inoculations, the chairperson of the inter-ministerial committee on vaccines, deputy president David Mabuza insisted that jabs were rolling out as fast as possible. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 16, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Ramaphosa Ramps Up Covid-19 Restrictions
[Daily Maverick] With South Africa recording an increase of more than 7,500 new cases of coronavirus infections in a single day, and with a warning that Gauteng will be especially hard hit by the third wave, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Tuesday night that the country will move to Alert Level 3 with a curfew starting at 10am and additional restrictions on gatherings and the sale of alcohol. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 16, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Ending Covid Means Ending Aids, and Ending Both Means Ending Inequality
[Daily Maverick] When it comes to communicable diseases, the lesson we should take from Covid-19 is that one person is all it takes to start a devastating pandemic. Is that fact enough of a wake-up for governments to seriously tackle the social and economic determinants of health and disease? (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - June 15, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: Hits and Misses of the National Vaccine Roll-Out - Experts Weigh in
[Daily Maverick] Government has come under the spotlight for the slow pace of South Africa's vaccine roll-out which started on 17 May 2021. Elri Voigt spoke to experts to hear what is being done right in this vaccine roll-out and where improvements are needed. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 15, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Silent Epidemic - Families Need to Talk About Mental Health - for the Sake of South African Youth
[Daily Maverick] While many South Africans fear the deadly effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, there is another epidemic that runs rampant among young South Africans -- mental illness. This epidemic strikes silently, and sufferers often don't seek help. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 15, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Baby Death Rate At Gqeberha Hospital Skyrockets as Staffing Crisis Deepens
[Daily Maverick] The infant death rate at Dora Nginza Hospital in Zwide, Gqeberha has skyrocketed since 2020 as crippling staff and equipment shortages are left unattended and mostly ignored. Yet, as shocking as the deaths are, they are nothing new, and tales like these have been crossing the desks of health MECs and health ministers for years. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - June 15, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

South Africa: TB Still SA's Leading Cause of Death
[SAnews.gov.za] A Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) report has revealed that Tuberculosis remained the main leading cause of death in South Africa between 2016 and 2018. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - June 15, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: 5,552 New Covid-19 Cases Reported in SA
[SAnews.gov.za] South Africa recorded 5 552 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, representing an 18.5% positivity rate. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 15, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Aspen to Dispatch 300 000 J & J Vaccines for Teachers
[SAnews.gov.za] Aspen says it will release 300 000 Johnson& Johnson (J&J) doses earmarked for teachers soon. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 15, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Cape Town Trauma Centre Overwhelmed By Case Load
[GroundUp] The Trauma Centre for Survivors of Violence and Torture faces an overwhelming number of cases. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 15, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Covid-19 - a Frontline View of Vaccination Efforts in the Rural Eastern Cape
[spotlight] Mthuthuzeli Mhlana from Qwidlana village in the Eastern Cape is excited as he enters the vaccination centre. Mhlana who tells Spotlight he has not registered on the electronic vaccination data system (EVDS), is surprised when he gets his jab anyway. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 15, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

The Delta Variant Could Soon Become the Dominant COVID-19 Strain. Here ’s What You Need to Know
The COVID-19 pandemic is increasingly becoming an arms race among the emerging variants of the virus, and at the moment, there’s no question which one is winning: the Delta variant—formally known as B.1.617.2—one of four strains to have emerged originally in India. It was just last month that the World Health Organization labeled Delta a “variant of concern”—joining with the Alpha strain, which emerged in the U.K.; the Beta strain, from South Africa; and the Gamma strain, first seen in Brazil. But Delta is fast becoming the most worrisome of the bunch. Health officials are sounding the a...
Source: TIME: Health - June 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alejandro de la Garza and Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

The Delta Variant Could Soon Become the Dominant COVID-19 Strain. Here ’s What You Need to Know
The COVID-19 pandemic is increasingly becoming an arms race among the emerging variants of the virus, and at the moment, there’s no question which one is winning: the Delta variant—formally known as B.1.617.2—one of four strains to have emerged originally in India. It was just last month that the World Health Organization labeled Delta a “variant of concern”—joining with the Alpha strain, which emerged in the U.K.; the Beta strain, from South Africa; and the Gamma strain, first seen in Brazil. But Delta is fast becoming the most worrisome of the bunch. Health officials are sounding the a...
Source: TIME: Science - June 15, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Alejandro de la Garza and Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news