Pfizer vaccine: South African Covid variant can ‘break through’ new study warns
THE PFIZER vaccine was the first Covid vaccine to reach approval in the UK. As scientists study its efficacy, a new study has warned the South African variant of the virus may be able to "break through". (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - April 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

South African COVID variant can 'break through' Pfizer vaccine: study
JERUSALEM – The coronavirus variant discovered in South Africa can “break through” Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine to some extent, a... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Prenatal and postnatal intimate partner violence and associated factors among HIV-infected women in rural South Africa: a longitudinal study - Matseke MG, Ruiter RAC, Rodriguez VJ, Peltzer K, Lee TK, Jean J, Sifunda S.
This study aimed at assessing the prevalence of pre... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Risk Factor Prevalence, Injury Occurrence Source Type: news

South Africa: Registration for Vaccines to Open for All On 16 April, Although Supply Will Be 'Somewhat Constrained'
[Daily Maverick] The Health Department has revealed details of the phased roll-out, including to the elderly, workers over 40 and those in congregate settings such as old-age homes and prisons. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 9, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: South Africa's Vaccine Roll-Out Failings Expose the Hollowing Out of the State
[Daily Maverick] A lot rests on leadership to bridge the yawning gap between political rhetoric and real roll-out - to address the government's pathological, systemic failure to walk the talk. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 9, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: High Demand for Contraceptive Pills Smuggled in From Zimbabwe
[GroundUp] The market is fuelled by the struggle women have to access health facilities (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - April 9, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

South Africa: Navigating Cape Town in a Wheelchair - a Daily Act of Protest
[Daily Maverick] Ensuring public spaces are accessible to all is the first step to making a city truly inclusive. But, as I've come to realise in my 11 years in Cape Town, not everyone is consulted -- or even considered -- when it comes to the planning of a city. In the first of a series that will appear every Friday, we meet Makgosi Letimile, a wheelchair user from Observatory who is afraid to leave her home. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 9, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Department of Health Dispels Rumours of Imminent Phase Two Vaccine Registration for Those Over 60
[Daily Maverick] Rumours swirled on social media that those over 60 should register online now to receive a Covid-19 vaccine. The Department of Health released a statement stating this was not true. Although Phase Two is expected to start in just over a month, the department did not give an exact date. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 9, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Phase Two of Vaccination Roll-Out Begins On 17 May, Says Zweli Mkhize, Reveals No Logistics
[Daily Maverick] Quality assurance requirements mean some vaccine delivery dates cannot be confirmed, leading to difficulties with the procurement and logistics of the vaccine programme. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 9, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Second Phase of Mass Vaccination to Begin On 17 May
[SAnews.gov.za] Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, has announced that the second phase of the country's vaccination rollout will begin on 17 May. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 9, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Interpol Red Flags Online Vaccines
[The Herald] The International Criminal Police Organisations (Interpol) has issued a global alert to law enforcement agencies in its 194-member states against online alleged Covid-19 vaccines and treatments scams after conducting recent operations in China and South Africa. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 9, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sales of sugar sweetened beverages decline after SA introduces Health Promotion Levy - study
(University of the Witwatersrand) This could mean that purchasers are consuming less excess sugar and calories, and less obesity. The findings are consistent with evaluations in other countries with sugar-sweetened beverages taxes, where taxing sugary drinks is an effective public health strategy to reduce the burden of health conditions linked to overconsumption of sugar. This is the first study to evaluate the impact of South Africa's tax on sugar and caloric intake. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson set to begin India trial of its single-shot vaccine, says report
The U.S. drugs and healthcare giant's vaccine is currently approved for use in the United States, the European Union and other nations including Thailand and South Africa. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - April 9, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Serum Institute of India refunds South Africa for undelivered COVID-19 vaccines
A million doses from the institute, which had already been delivered, have been sold on to other countries in the African Union. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - April 9, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

South African and Brazilian coronavirus variants land in L.A.
While California's COVID-19 case rate has dropped, Dr. Anthony Fauci says the nationwide count has 'plateaued at a disturbingly high level.' (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - April 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Luke Money Source Type: news

South Africa: How the Covid-19 Pandemic Has Massively Boosted Second Home Ownership in South Africa
[Daily Maverick] Data published by FNB on Tuesday showed that the commercial bank saw an incredible 46% increase in the number of consumers who purchased a second property in the fourth quarter of 2020, compared to the fourth quarter of 2019. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 8, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: South Africa Must Harness the Power of Human and Veterinary Medicine Before the Next Deadly Virus Strikes
[Daily Maverick] A One Health approach to vaccine development has many strengths, including for health and food security on the continent. But this country needs to boost its capacity now. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 8, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: New Covid-Era Shack Dweller Movement Behind Recent Wave of Cape Town Service Delivery Protests
[Daily Maverick] In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, a Cape Town protest movement has sprung up to agitate for services at new informal settlements with names like Level 2, Covid 19, Social Distance, Pandemic and Lock Down. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 8, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Two Vaccines Show Effectiveness Against Emerging COVID Variants
THURSDAY, April 8, 2021 -- Two COVID-19 vaccines appear to work well against a rapidly spreading coronavirus variant that arose in California, but less effective against a variant that first emerged in South Africa, researchers report. " The good... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 8, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

South Africa: Pfizer Vaccines Are Coming - Here's How South Africa Could Prepare Its Cold Chain
[Daily Maverick] South Africa previously rolled out the oral polio vaccine which must be stored at -20 degrees Celsius, like the Pfizer jab. Here's what it takes to keep up the cold chain. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 8, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Media Statement - Select Committee On Health Chairperson Says World Health Day Highlights Importance of Health Reforms
[Parliament of South Africa] The Chairperson of the Select Committee on Health and Social Services, Ms Maurencia Gillion, said the theme for World Health Day has indeed shown the importance of accessing good-quality healthcare. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 8, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Minister Zweli Mkhize Confirms Total of 1,553,609 Covid-19 Cases in South Africa
[Govt of SA] As of today the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases for South Africa is 1 553 609. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 8, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Helping Youth Agribusiness Keep Pace with Fast Growing Africa
By Nteranya Sanginga, Aline Mugisho and Seyi MakindeIBADAN, Nigeria, Apr 8 2021 (IPS) From small towns to big cities, sub-Saharan Africa has the fastest urban growth rate in the world. The continent’s population is expected to double by 2050 with the youth representing 60% of the overall population. The UN Department of Global Communication, for example, projects that for the next 15 years urban growth is set to double for several African cities: Dar es Salaam will reach over 13 million inhabitants and Kampala will exceed seven million. Nteranya SangingaAlongside this explosion in urban areas, rural population growt...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Nteranya Sanginga - Aline Mugisho - Seyi Makinde Tags: Africa Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Food & Agriculture Food Security and Nutrition Food Sustainability Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour TerraViva United Nations Agricultural Research International I Source Type: news

South Africa: Proposed Covid-19 Vaccination Site in Nelson Mandela Bay Still 'Under Construction' After Contractor Not Paid
[Daily Maverick] Large parts of one of the proposed vaccination sites in Nelson Mandela Bay are still 'under construction' after the contractor left more than a year ago when the Eastern Cape Department of Health failed to pay the company. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 7, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Media Statement - Committee On Cogta Says Covid-19 and Budget Cuts Are an Added Difficulty for Local Government Elections
[Parliament of South Africa] The Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) had an engagement yesterday with the Department of Cogta and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on the state of readiness for the 2021 local government elections. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 7, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: SA Piloting Mobile X-Rays to Improve TB Detection
[spotlight] One of the most striking findings of South Africa's first National Tuberculosis (TB) Prevalence Survey was that of 234 people found to have TB, around 58% had abnormal chest X-rays without experiencing any TB symptoms. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - April 7, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Social Media Users in Kenya and South Africa Trust Science, but Still Share Covid-19 Hoaxes
[The Conversation Africa] The COVID-19 pandemic has led to widespread disinformation circulating on social media globally. This includes false information about the virus, its origins and possible cures for the disease it causes. Much of the inaccurate information was related to China, the country where the first cases of an atypical pneumonia were reported in December 2019. This was determined in January 2020 to be caused by a novel coronavirus. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 7, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Covid-19 - Lindiwe Sisulu Fails to Deliver R600 Million Rent Relief
[GroundUp] Housing activists demand answers eight months after Sisulu's budget vote announcement (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 7, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Consumer Spending Is Recovering - but What Will It Look Like Post-Covid?
[Daily Maverick] Economic views are divided on how much and how consumer spending will change as we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic. What isn't up for debate is that some spending patterns will revert to pre-pandemic trends, but others will be forever different. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 7, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Ivermectin Settlement Frees Up More Access for Covid-19 Patients
[Daily Maverick] In a far-reaching court order issued by the Gauteng high court, allowing doctors to also legally prescribe small batches of custom-made medicine containing ivermectin for the treatment of Covid-19, the South African Health Regulatory Authority was also instructed to report on any new developments around the drug to a judge every three months. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 7, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Minister Zweli Mkhize Confirms Total of 1,552,853 Coronavirus Covid-19 Cases in South Africa
[Govt of SA] As of today the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases for South Africa is 1 552 853. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 7, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Lecciones hist óricas sobre la resiliencia
Los brotes generalizados de enfermedades tienen el potencial de sacudir a las sociedades para que adopten nuevas formas de vida. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Anna North Tags: Epidemics Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Economic Conditions and Trends Income Inequality History (Academic Subject) England Europe South Africa United States Source Type: news

South Africa: Govt Signs Deal With Pfizer for 20 Million Covid-19 Vaccines
[SAnews.gov.za] South Africa has signed a deal for the procurement of 20 million doses of Pfizer vaccines. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 7, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: Africa's Growth Story 2.0 - How the Continent Has Defied the Covid-19 Odds
[Daily Maverick] Economic growth is making a welcome return to Africa in 2021. Even South Africa is in line for a moderate economic recovery. However, the risks of debt default loom large for some countries. The World Bank's latest Africa's Pulse tells us why. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 7, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

A Post-COVID-19 Recovery will not be Possible if Water, Sanitation & Hygiene are not High on the Agenda
Michael, 34, a nurse at Wurm CHPS, Ghana, washes his hands. Every healthcare centre in the world’s poorest countries could have taps and toilets for just half-an-hour’s worth of COVID-19 spending. Credit: WaterAid / Apagnawen AnnankraBy Helen HamiltonLONDON, Apr 7 2021 (IPS) This World Health Day, G20 finance ministers will meet in Rome, Italy, to discuss how they will build back from the pandemic. The global economy is and concerted effort, coordination and imagination is needed to enable not only a worldwide recovery but also to ensure that the world’s poorest people are not left behind. The World Hea...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Helen Hamilton Tags: Development & Aid Education Environment Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Poverty & SDGs Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

UK Covid: Johnson suggests testing for people returning from ‘green list’ countries could be simplified – as it happened
Prime minister says easyJet boss right to ask whether it would bepossible to use lateral flow tests for some returning travellers. This live blog is now closed -please follow the global coronavirus live blog for updatesEngland ’s Covid vaccine programme could slow sharply, Sage warnsNo 10 refuses to rule out Covid passports being needed to enter shopsUK ’s long Covid patients facing postcode lottery for supportWhat are Covid-status certificates and how might they work?5.32pmBSTMAIL: Call this freedom?#TomorrowsPapersTodaypic.twitter.com/NUI1LWWTiYTELEGRAPH: No end in sight as ⁦@BorisJohnson⁩ says normal is ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 6, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Andrew Sparrow Tags: Coronavirus Politics UK news Boris Johnson Labour Vaccines and immunisation Infectious diseases NHS Keir Starmer House of Commons Health Science Medical research Byelections Opinion polls Travel & leisure Cannabis Dru Source Type: news

South Africa: SAHPRA Registers the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 Vaccine
[SAnews.gov.za] The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has registered the COVID-19 Johnson& Johnson vaccine, known as Janssen, with conditions. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 6, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Eastern Cape Premier Raises Alarm Over Impact of Easter Travel On Covid-19 Infections
[Daily Maverick] While Premier Oscar Mabuyane raised his concerns last week that increased traffic to the Eastern Cape as people return home for the Easter weekend might see an increase in Covid-19 infections, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality announced that it too has seen an increase in Covid-19 in parts of the city where a wastewater surveillance programme was implemented. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 6, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Minister Zweli Mkhize Confirms Total of 1,551,964 Cases of Covid-19
[Govt of SA] As of today the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases for South Africa is 1 551 964. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 6, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Getting to Better than Normal in a Post-COVID-19 World
Delegates at an online conference organised by APDA and AFPPD looked at ways to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on women and girls. By Cecilia RussellJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Apr 6 2021 (IPS) Girls in Asia don’t want to go back to normal – they want to go “back to better than normal”, says Zara Rapoport, a delegate during an online seminar on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on gender. The seminar, held this week, was organised by the Asian Forum for Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) and the Asian Population and Development Association (APDA). It focused on the impact of ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Cecilia Russell Tags: Asia-Pacific Climate Change Environment Gender Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Asian Population and Development Association (APDA) Source Type: news

Africa: Drawing The Line On Malaria
[allAfrica] A recent survey conducted by the RBM Partnership to End Malaria and Gallup International shows that African youth are determined to end malaria. Conducted across six countries - Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, and South Africa - the findings reveal that 9 in 10 youth in Africa believe that we can have an impact against the disease. These statistics come as light at a dark time in the malaria response due to the socioeconomic recession brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic has sw (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 6, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Southern Africa: Covid-19 - South Africa, Zimbabwe Rush to Contain Potential Surge
[DW] South Africa's COVID-19 infection rates have remained low in the run-up to Easter, but fears of a third wave are mounting. Meanwhile, Africa's top health official has sounded alarm bells over a new Tanzanian variant. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 6, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Perinatal suicidality: prevalence and correlates in a South African birth cohort - Mar é KT, Pellowski JA, Koopowitz SM, Hoffman N, van der Westhuizen C, Workman L, Zar HJ, Stein DJ.
Suicidal ideation and behaviour (SIB) in the perinatal period is prevalent in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Past work has been limited by reliance on self-rated scales, and there are few data on SIB severity in such settings. We collected cross... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Risk Factor Prevalence, Injury Occurrence Source Type: news

'Prof Lockdown' warns AstraZeneca's Covid vaccine is 'vulnerable' to South African variant
The SAGE adviser warned while the strain had failed to take root in the UK it was behind up to 20 per cent of infections in some countries on the continent. The variant may be able to dodge immunity from jabs. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A review of blunt pelvic injuries at a major trauma centre in South Africa - Ashkal A, Kong VY, Blodgett JM, Smith MTD, Bekker W, Bruce JL, Laing GL, Clarke DL.
BACKGROUND: The collective five-year experience with the acute management of pelvic trauma at a busy South African trauma service is reviewed to compare the usefulness and applicability of current grading systems of pelvic trauma and to review the complian... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

South Africa: Five Years On, the Pain of Life Esidimeni Continues
[Daily Maverick] Five years ago, 144 people died after they were moved from a mental health care facility to NGOs and community care. For family members, the suffering is not over. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 4, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: God Help Us - Could Religious Gatherings Cause a Covid Resurrection?
[Daily Maverick] Yearning for comfort and community, faith-based groups are preparing for Easter, Passover and Ramadan. But mass gatherings can be super-spreaders. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 4, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Arizona adds its own variant to the growing list of Covid-19 mutations
WASHINGTON – The more than 840,000 Covid-19 cases in Arizona include coronavirus variants from the United Kingdom, Brazil, South Africa, California – and, as of last month, a new homegrown version. The Arizona variant, officially named B.1.243.1, was confirmed last month by researchers at Arizona State Un iversity’s Biodesign Institute, who said it is similar to the South African variant that was also found in the state in March. Health officials said that while all the variants may react… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - April 3, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jacob Holter Source Type: news

Arizona adds its own variant to the growing list of Covid-19 mutations
WASHINGTON – The more than 840,000 Covid-19 cases in Arizona include coronavirus variants from the United Kingdom, Brazil, South Africa, California – and, as of last month, a new homegrown version. The Arizona variant, officially named B.1.243.1, was confirmed last month by researchers at Arizona State Un iversity’s Biodesign Institute, who said it is similar to the South African variant that was also found in the state in March. Health officials said that while all the variants may react… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - April 3, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Jacob Holter Source Type: news

Three Ways the US Can Promote Equity in Ending the COVID-19 Pandemic Globally
Continued inequity in COVID-19 vaccination means virus mutations occur and newer variants emerge that may be resistant to currently available vaccines. Credit: United Nations.By Ifeanyi NsoforABUJA, Apr 2 2021 (IPS) As richer western nations continue hoarding COVID-19 vaccines to the detriment of poorer nations, there is some light on the horizon. On April 15, 2021, the U.S. will join the Global Vaccine Alliance (GAVI) and co-host the launch of the Investment Opportunity for COVAX Advance Market Commitment. The aim of the event is to raise more funds to ensure at least 1.8 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines are available ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 2, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ifeanyi Nsofor Tags: Global Headlines Health Source Type: news