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Easy-to-use oxygen device breathes new life into Covid-19 battle

14 Jan 2021

A group of East London-based volunteers who include doctors, engineers and entrepreneurs, has developed a portable and easy-to-use oxygen device that can be used by less skilled healthcare workers at clinic level in the fight against COVID-19.


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Vaccine plan as clear as mud – EDITORIAL COMMENT: Business Day (13 January 2021)

14 Jan 2021

Pres Cyril Ramaphosa will have to forgive us for not being impressed by the government’s vaccination strategy, which reads more like an exercise in damage control,” reported Business Day in it’s Editorial Comment (13 January 2021).


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Many COVID victims suffer from 'Long COVID'

14 Jan 2021
Medical Brief (13 January 2021) reports that - according to a global survey - many victims of COVID are still unable to work at full capacity six months after infection. Among the symptoms of ‘Long Covid’ are fatigue, post-exertional malaise, ‘brain fog’, neurological sensations, headaches, memory problems, insomnia, muscle aches, palpitations, shortness of breath, and dizziness, speech and language problems. Memory and cognitive dysfunction were experienced by more than 85% of the respondents.
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AstraZeneca can’t sell C-19 vaccines in SA

13 Jan 2021
The global pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca does not hold the rights to sell its C-19 vaccine (the cheapest on the market) in SA, reported News24 (13 January 2021). These rights belong to the Serum Institute of India (SII).
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Vaccine won’t give us herd immunity this year

12 Jan 2021
According to several health experts the rollout of coronavirus vaccines in many countries will not provide herd immunity from the global pandemic this year. This can be ascribed to limited access for poor countries, community trust problems and potential virus mutations. (Reuters, 11 January 2021) 
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Cyril Ramaphosa briefs SA on vaccine strategy

12 Jan 2021

On January 11, Pres Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on several aspects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Vaccines: Scientists estimate that SA should reach herd immunity once around 67% of the population are immune - around 40-m.


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SA doctors fear virtual consults could lead to legal disputes

12 Jan 2021

56% of 512 doctors who answered a questionnaire by the Medical Protection Society (MPS) (representing 32 000 healthcare professionals in SA) agreed the benefits of telemedicine had been unquestionable during Covid-19, and it would remain a fundamental tool in practice.


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CMS report shows members abandoning top-tier Discovery plans

12 Jan 2021
According to the 2019 report of the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) every plan across the top tiers has shown declines in members and beneficiaries over the past six years, with the exception of the Classic Comprehensive Zero MSA (Medical Savings Account) plan, which has a tiny base of under 1 000 members.
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Subsidised vaccine rollout to cost medical schemes as much as R7bn

11 Jan 2021
Discovery Health anticipates that it will cost up to R7-bn for medical schemes to fund Covid-19 vaccines for 7.1-m of their own members as well as to subsidise an equal number of nonmembers in the public sector, according to CEO Ryan Noach (BusinessLive 7 January 2021).
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Vaccines will cost between R12-bn and R20-bn

11 Jan 2021
According to estimates by health experts and by the Business for SA (B4SA) task team, it will cost between R12-bn to R20-bn to vaccinate the entire country. This includes the distribution costs. 
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Clicks and Dis-Chem plan to offer Covid-19 vaccines

11 Jan 2021
SA’s two biggest pharmacy chains, Clicks Group and Dis-Chem Pharmacies, plan to offer Covid-19 shots at their stores and provide storage and distribution facilities in the vaccine rollout programme once the government provides more details, reported Reuters (8 January 2021).
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COVID-19: The big wave is coming

09 Jun 2020

“It is only a matter of time before the rest of South Africa reaches the surge in COVID-19 coronavirus cases currently being experienced in the Western Cape, experts warn,” reported City Press (7 June 2020).


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