Five Newsworthy Things in SA 27th August 2021:

News in South Africa 27th August: 1. Anti-vaxxers putting lives at risk: Western Cape provincial health minister Dr Nomafrench Mbombo has lashed out at anti-vaxxers, saying non-expert medical opinions about the Covid-19 vaccines are putting lives at risk by spreading misinformation. She said that vaccination efforts are being undermined by those who believe their opinions […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 17th August 2021:

News in South Africa 17th August: 1. Discussion over opening up vaccinations: Opening up vaccination for over 18s by the end of this week is expected to be on the agenda of the National Coronavirus Command Council’s (NCCC) expected meeting today amid lagging numbers of people getting jabs. This follows statements from new health minister […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 30th July 2021:

News in South Africa 30th July: 1. Vaccine rollout gains momentum: South Africa’s Covid-19 vaccine rollout is gaining momentum as it opens to younger age groups. A third of the country’s total jabs have been administered in the past two weeks alone. South Africa’s vaccination rollout got off to a shaky start due to procurement […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 17th May 2021:

News in South Africa 17th May:  1. Second phase of vaccines: South Africa’s second phase of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout commences today, with government targeting 6.5 million people over the next six months, as well as the remaining 500,000 healthcare workers who were not vaccinated during phase 1. Mkhize was speaking on Sunday ahead of […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 29th April 2021:

News in South Africa 29th April: 1. Vaccination rollout started: South Africa’s Sisonke vaccination programme restarted without issues on Wednesday. 3 million Johnson & Johnson vaccines are expected to arrive in the country over the next two months, with phase 2 of the rollout starting around the middle of May. 95 vaccination sites are gearing […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 26th April 2021:

News in South Africa 26th April: 1. Covid vaccine rollout continues: The Johnson & Johnson Sisonke vaccination programme will resume this Wednesday. In the US it was found that 6 women, out of 6 million people given the shot, developed blood clotting as a side-effect. This led to a pause of the vaccine in the US, […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 15th April 2021:

News in South Africa 15th April: 1. National state of disaster extended: Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has announced the extension of South Africa’s national state of disaster by a further month. In a gazette published on Wednesday (14 April), Dlamini-Zuma said that the state of disaster will now continue until […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 14th April 2021:

News in South Africa 14th April: 1. Vaccine rollout halted: South Africa’s Covid-19 vaccination plans have hit a new snag. The health ministry decided to halt the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine rollout after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made a similar decision. The FDA reported that six women developed blood clots after […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 29th March 2021:

News in South Africa 29th March: 1. SA’s Covid vaccine strategy botched: South Africa’s ‘dismally slow’ vaccine acquisition and roll-out means the country will effectively have to rely on natural infection to reach herd immunity, with an estimated 150,000 lives lost to Covid-19 already. This is according to health economist, Professor Alex van den Heever, […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 23rd March 2021:

News in South Africa 23rd March: 1. Government vaccine rollout too slow: The private sector is getting impatient with government’s slow rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine, with many attempting – and failing – to secure their own doses for employees and their families, meeting with a lot of red tape. Government has managed to only […]

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