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Merck says study shows COVID-19 drug causes quick reduction in virus

7 March 2021, 1:11 AM

US drugmaker Merck & Co Inc said on Saturday the experimental antiviral drug molnupiravir it is developing with Ridgeback Bio showed a quicker reduction in infectious virus in its phase 2a study among participants with early COVID-19.

WHO calls on pharmaceutical companies to waiver patent rights on COVID-19 vaccinations

6 March 2021, 9:10 PM

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called on pharmaceutical companies to waiver their patent rights on all medicines and vaccines that are aimed at dealing with COVID-19 until the pandemic is over.

Senate passes Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 bill

6 March 2021, 8:29 PM

The Senate on Saturday passed President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan in a party-line vote after an all-night session that saw Democrats battling among themselves over jobless aid and the Republican minority failing in attempts to push through some three dozen amendments. The final bill includes $400 billion in one-time payments of $1 […]

Government pleased with COVID-19 vaccine rollout progress

6 March 2021, 6:10 PM

The Department of Health says it is pleased that more than 100 000 healthcare workers have been vaccinated in just over two weeks with the early access Johnson and Johnson vaccine. South Africa yesterday marked one year since the first COVID-19 case was recorded in the country.

COVID-19 affects men and women differently. It’s important to track the data

6 March 2021, 3:05 PM

The African Population Health Research Centre, based in Kenya, has been mining data across 47 countries in Africa, tracking differences in COVID-19 infection, illness and deaths among men and women. Sylvia Muyingo lays-out their key findings and explains why tracking these data is important.

COVID-19 stigma is due to ignorance about the spread of the virus: Dr Cooper

6 March 2021, 2:15 PM

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have proven not to be limited to sickness and death. The outbreak has provoked social and personal stigma and discriminatory behaviour towards those who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

WHO warns of third and fourth waves of COVID-19

6 March 2021, 6:57 AM

World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has warned that there could be third and even fourth waves of coronavirus.

Senate Democrats reach deal on jobless aid in Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 bill

6 March 2021, 4:01 AM

Democrats in the US Senate said Friday they had resolved their differences over unemployment aid in President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 aid bill, enabling them to move forward with the sweeping package after hours of delay.

Brazil’s COVID-19 task force estimates daily deaths could reach 3 000 – Sources

5 March 2021, 11:44 PM

Brazil’s daily COVID-19 death toll could reach 3 000 if serious action is not taken to halt the spread of the virus, according to a presentation made in a meeting of the government’s crisis response team, two sources present told Reuters.

Limpopo health workers reflect on a year of COVID-19 in SA

5 March 2021, 7:10 PM

Health workers in Limpopo have gathered at Netcare Pholoso Hospital in Polokwane, Limpopo, to look at the impact of the pandemic, a year since the first case was reported in the country.

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