South Africa: Why New Covid-19 Variants Are On the Rise and Spreading Around the World
[The Conversation Africa] A new variant of coronavirus has swept across the United Kingdom and been detected in the United States, Canada and elsewhere. Scientists are concerned that these new strains may spread more easily. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 24, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Minister's Covid-19 Death Unites Friends and Rivals in Tribute
[The Conversation Africa] The death of Jackson Mphikwa Mthembu, Minister in the Office of the President of South Africa, has been met with sorrow across the country. Tributes have come from across the political spectrum for the country's first government minister to succumb to COVID-19. He was 62. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 24, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa's regulatory body approves Serum Institute of India's coronavirus vaccine
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced on Friday that the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has granted approval to the SII, which is producing the vaccine in collaboration with the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca, to supply the drug to the country. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - January 23, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Covid vaccines: what are the implications of new variants of virus?
UK, South Africa and Brazil variants indicate changes may be neededCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIn common with others, the virus that causes Covid-19 mutates as it spreads. Most mutations have little or no effect, but some can change the behaviour of the virus. Mutations in a variant found in the UK in September has helped the virus spread more easily and potentially more dangerously. Further changes in variants that emerged in South Africa and Brazil may help the virus resist antibodies induced by vaccines and Covid infections from the first wave.Whywould the vaccines be updated?If sci...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 22, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Coronavirus Health Infectious diseases Medical research Microbiology Science Society Source Type: news

'Deeply Alarming': AstraZeneca Charging South Africa More Than Double What Europeans Pay for Covid-19 Vaccine
"This is the problem when you have essential medicines in the hands of big business, with almost no transparency as to pricing." (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

South Africa: Tamsin Snyman's Journey to Plant-Based Healing
[Daily Maverick] An extensive career in the world of food, coupled with a family history of dread disease and the necessity of proper diet, have led Tamsin Snyman to create a range of plant-based products. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 22, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Media Statement - Committee Chair Saddened By Passing On of Minister Mthembu
[Parliament of South Africa] The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Communications, Mr Boyce Maneli, is saddened to learn of the passing of the Minister in the Presidency, Mr Jackson Mthembu, who reinvigorated government communication, among many other accolades. Mr Maneli extended heartfelt condolences to Mr Mthembu's family, friends, the Cabinet and employees of the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 22, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

New SARS-CoV-2 Variant Could Evade Antibodies
A preprint casts doubt on vaccine effectiveness in light of certain mutations in the 501Y.V2 variant that emerged from South Africa. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - January 22, 2021 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

South Africa: South African Scientists Who Discovered New Covid-19 Variant Share What They Know
[The Conversation Africa] Late last year the Network for Genomic Surveillance in South Africa (NGS-SA) led by the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP) identified a rapidly spreading new variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The new variant, called 501Y.V2, raises critical questions - including whether current vaccines and treatments will still be effective. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 22, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Xenophobic Attacks Continued in 2020 - Rights Report
[allAfrica] An excerpt on South Africa from the annual Human Rights Watch publication, World Report 2021: (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 22, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Premier Job Mokgoro Sends Condolences to the Family of the Late Minister Jackson Mthembu
[Govt of SA] North West Premier, Prof. Tebogo Job Mokgoro sends heartfelt condolences to the family of the Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu following his passing today due to Covid-19 related complications. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 22, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Media Statement - Chairperson Dismayed By Reports On Section 59 Investigation and Negative Perceptions of Cuban-Trained Doctors
[Parliament of South Africa] The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, has expressed his dismay with the findings of two recently released reports. One report covers the investigation into allegations that medical aid schemes racially discriminate against black healthcare professionals, while the other found that Cuban-trained doctors are perceived as "foreign" and "incompetent". (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 22, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: 'We Need Staff and Psychological Help' - Photos From Inside a Gauteng Hospital Ward
[Daily Maverick] Photojournalist James Oatway visited Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital north of Pretoria to document the second-wave realities faced by doctors and nurses in an intensive care unit. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 22, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Tributes Stream in for Mthembu
[SAnews.gov.za] North West Premier, Professor Job Mokgoro, has described the late Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu, as one of the most dedicated members of the governing party and hard working Ministers he has come to know. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 22, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: SA Records 647 New Deaths, Mkhize Pays Tribute to Mthembu
[SAnews.gov.za] South Africa recorded 11 386 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, which represents a 19% positivity rate. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 22, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Doctor Who Died in a Helicopter Crash Tried to Save Mthembu
[SAnews.gov.za] Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, has confirmed that one of the Netcare health professionals who died in a helicopter crash near Bergville was called to save Minister Jackson Mthembu's life. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 22, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Immunisation Record Risks Being Dented By Anti-Vaccination Views
[The Conversation Africa] Vaccination has eradicated smallpox, nearly eradicated polio, and led to major reductions of serious infectious diseases. These include diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, and measles. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 22, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Dr Fauci warns South African covid is 'a little more concerning'
The South African variant is 'a little bit more concerning but not something that we don't think we can handle,' Dr Fauci sai during a Thursday press briefing. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The silent pandemic of antibiotic resistance
A South African doctor’s prescription to stop poorer countries losing access to many of modern medicine’s advances (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - January 22, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

New COVID-19 Variant Defeats Plasma Treatment, MABs, May Reduce Vaccine Efficacy New COVID-19 Variant Defeats Plasma Treatment, MABs, May Reduce Vaccine Efficacy
The new COVID-19 variant identified in South Africa can evade the antibodies that attack it in treatments using blood plasma from previously recovered patients, and may reduce the efficacy of current vaccines, say scientists.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - January 21, 2021 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

South Africa: Covid-19 Claims Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu
[Daily Maverick] Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu has died of Covid-19 related complications on Thursday, the Presidency has announced. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 21, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: President Cyril Ramaphosa on the Passing of Minister Jackson Mthembu
[Govt of SA] It is with deep sorrow and shock that we announce that Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu passed away earlier today from COVID-related complications. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 21, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: The Covid-19 Vaccine Roll-Out Must Be Accompanied By Full Transparency
[Daily Maverick] With an apparent decline in new Covid-19 infections and the implementation of millions of vaccines on the horizon, one would have thought that frustration and despair would be replaced by hope and reassurance. However, the opposite might happen, as the government appears to be putting the wrong people in charge of the vaccine roll-out, along with how it is presented. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 21, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: Report Exposes 'Unethical' Recruitment of Doctors in the UK from Low-Resource Countries
[South African Medical Journal] The recent 'The state of medical education and practice in the UK 2020' report from the General Medical Council (GMC) reveals that in 2019, doctors who obtained their medical qualification overseas comprised nearly 35% (86 794/251 319) of all those licensed to practise in the UK, and that between July 2019 and June 2020 a further 10 000 such doctors registered -- many more than those who registered with a qualification from the UK. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 21, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Vaccine Production in South Africa - How an Industry in Its Infancy Can Be Developed
[The Conversation Africa] The issue of vaccine production has become a topic of hot debate following the approval of treatments for COVID-19. In South Africa angry exchanges have been spurred by the country's lagging access to COVID-19 vaccines. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 21, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Change Financing Priorities to Address COVID-19, Conference Hears
By Cecilia RussellJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Jan 21 2021 (IPS) Innovative financing to resolve COVID-19 crisis was needed, a joint African and Asian parliamentarians’ webinar heard this week. The webinar, facilitated by Asian Population and Development Association (APDA), was aimed at enhancing support for the implementation of International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD)commitments in the face of the pandemic. Most of the delegates from Africa and Asia agreed that implementing the programme of action to provide universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) by 2030, had suffe...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 21, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Cecilia Russell Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Asian Population and Development As Source Type: news

South Africa: UK Accused of Poaching Health Workers From Poorer Countries
[GroundUp] Two doctors have written a scathing letter in the South African Medical Journal, criticising the United Kingdom for hiring a disproportionate number of health workers from foreign countries. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 21, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Emerging Coronavirus Variants May Pose Challenges to Vaccines
Laboratory studies of mutations circulating in South Africa suggest they may dodge some of the body ’s immune responses. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Apoorva Mandavilli Tags: your-feed-science Vaccination and Immunization Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Immune System Influenza Antibodies South Africa Great Britain United States Brazil Disease Rates Moderna Inc Pfizer Inc Source Type: news

South African Covid mutation poses 're-infection risk' which could overpower vaccines, study finds
The strains discovered in Britain, South Africa and Brazil all have mutations of a spike protein, which enables the virus to latch onto human cells and therefore plays a key role in driving infections. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Emerging Coronavirus Variants May Pose Challenges to Vaccines
Laboratory studies of mutations circulating in South Africa suggest they may dodge some of the body’s immune responses. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid vaccines may need updating to protect against new variant, study suggests
Neutralising ability of antibodies typically falls eight-fold with South African variantCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCoronavirus vaccines may need to be redesigned this year to boost protection against anew variantthat emerged rapidly in South Africa, research suggests, while past Covid sufferers may not be protected against reinfection.Research by South African government scientists reveals that mutations of the new variant, known as 501Y.v2 or B1351, make the variant substantially resistant to antibodies in blood plasma donated by Covid patients.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 20, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample and Linda Geddes Tags: Vaccines and immunisation Coronavirus Health Infectious diseases Science Medical research Society Source Type: news

South Africa: Media Release - Presiding Officers Receive Letter From President On the Employment of SA National Defence Force Members for Covid-19 Support Services
[Parliament of South Africa] National Assembly Speaker Ms Thandi Modise and National Council of Provinces Chairperson Mr Amos Masondo have received letters from President Cyril Ramaphosa informing them about the employment of South African Defence Force (SANDF) members for support services related to Covid-19. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 20, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: The Medical Schemes Probe - How Racial Discrimination Denialists Get It Wrong
[Daily Maverick] Medical schemes may be hard-pressed to convince a court that the way they are dealing with fraud, waste and abuse by medical practitioners does not constitute unfair racial discrimination. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 20, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Over 2,000 SANDF Members Deployed to Help Fight Covid-19
[SAnews.gov.za] President Cyril Ramaphosa has informed Parliament about the employment of 2 122 members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to support other government departments in the fight against COVID-19. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 20, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: North West Labour Offices Closed for Decontamination
[SAnews.gov.za] The Department of Employment and Labour in the North West has closed the Rustenburg and Mafikeng Labour Centres after three COVID-19 cases were identified. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 20, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Covid-19: What new variants are emerging and how are they being investigated?, BMJ
Viewpoint discusses the more transmissible variant of SARS-CoV-2 found in England as well as the new variants emerging from Brazil and South Africa, whether the current vaccines work against these variants; and how the UK is monitoring and studying the new variants. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

South Africa: Eastern Cape's Struggle Against Covid-19 Continues
[New Frame] Workers in the healthcare and funeral industries continue to face life-threatening situations even as the number of coronavirus infections in the Eastern Cape is dropping. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 20, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Ivermectin and Covid-19 - Why It's Promising but Why We Need to Be Cautious
[GroundUp] Medicines are only approved for use by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority when there is sufficient evidence that their benefits outweigh their risks. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 20, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: No Cure for South Africa's Colonised Medical Minds
[New Frame] Elites have ignored the countries successfully using preventative measures against Covid-19. Instead, they've followed Western nations with their blind faith in technical solutions. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 20, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 Vaccines: How and When Will Lower-Income Countries Get Access?
This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. The post COVID-19 Vaccines: How and When Will Lower-Income Countries Get Access? appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 20, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Global Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Source Type: news

South Africa: Why Prisoners Are a Priority in Vaccine Rollout
[New Frame] Inmates comprise a vulnerable group in society and they are meant to receive Covid-19 vaccines earlier than the general population. This has sparked debate locally and globally. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 20, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

What's different about the coronavirus 'variants of concern' flagged by WHO
‚ÄčThe seemingly more transmissible variants of the coronavirus first discovered in Britain, South Africa and Brazil are called "variants of concern" by the World Health Organization. Here's a look at what's driving the concern and calls for more precautions in Canada. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

What's different about the coronavirus 'variants of concern'
‚ÄčThe seemingly more transmissible variants of the coronavirus first discovered in Britain, South Africa and Brazil are called "variants of concern" by the World Health Organization. Here's a look at what's driving the concern and calls for more precautions in Canada. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Southern Africa: Covid-19 Policy Briefs Must Be Realistic - a Review By Young Scientists
[The Conversation Africa] Just over a year after the coronavirus was first reported in China countries are still reeling from its effects. Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes COVID-19 disease, has infected over 90 million people globally and resulted in more than 1.9 million deaths. In January 2021, South Africa has the highest number of cases on the African continent and has seen a surge in daily infections since December. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 20, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: South Africa's Scientists Say the 501Y.V2 Variant Moves More Easily and Faster, but It's Not More Deadly
[Daily Maverick] South Africa already has a clearer picture of the Covid-19 variant 501Y.V2 just a month after it was first detected and described to the public. While it may travel more easily and much faster, it is not more deadly, according to the eight scientists leading its study. The question of reinfection and the impact of vaccines needs more research. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 19, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: WhatsApp Error Leads to Oxygen Trouble for Eastern Cape Department of Health
[Daily Maverick] A misread Whatsapp message has landed the acting superintendent-general of the Eastern Cape Department of Health, Dr Sibongile Zungu, in hot water after she told Parliament last week that the provincial treasury was looking for other sources of medical oxygen because of a letter sent to them by Afrox. The letter was posted on the Department of Health's oxygen WhatsApp group by Afrox but only referred to industrial clients. Zungu said on Monday she had made a mistake and did not intend to mislead parliament (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 19, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Young, Black, Female, Winemaker - Siwela Masoga Faces Tough Times As Booze Ban Drags On
[Daily Maverick] While debate continues to rage around the ban on alcohol sales, small businesses are reeling under this disastrous regulation. One of them is Siwela Wines, run by a young, black woman - a rarity in an industry dominated by white men. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 19, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Vaccine Tax Hike Underscores Treasury's Limited Options - Sin Taxes Should Be On the Table
[Daily Maverick] National Treasury Director-General Dondo Mogajane has said tax hikes may be used to fund the Covid vaccine rollout. Other options are on the table but the tax talk underscores the limited avenues that can be taken. Against the backdrop of prohibition, a hike in sin taxes should also be considered. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 19, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: South Africa's Covid-19 Vaccine Roll-Out - What We Do Know and What We're Still Struggling to Find Out
[Daily Maverick] President Cyril Ramaphosa has called South Africa's Covid-19 vaccination roll-out 'the largest and most complex logistical undertaking in our country's history'. Here's what we know so far about how it will work: (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 19, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Up to HALF of Covid survivors 'may still be vulnerable to South African variant'
Professor Penny Moore, from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases in South Africa, found in 44 survivors that 48 per cent of them (21) had no immune response to the new variant. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news