US donates 5.7million doses of Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine to South Africa

28 July 2021, 8:00 PM
The donation was confirmed in a statement by the US Embassy in Pretoria, calling it a gift from the people of the United States and the largest bilateral vaccine donation to date.
Some Americans could need COVID-19 vaccine booster -Fauci 26 July 2021, 3:29 AM

Top infectious disease official Anthony Fauci said on Sunday that Americans who are immune compromised may end up needing COVID-19 vaccine booster shots as the United States deals with increasing cases from the Delta variant of the coronavirus.

Olympics Athletes must wear masks at Games apart from podium moment 26 July 2021, 12:19 AM

Athletes must wear masks at all Tokyo Olympic Games venues, including medal ceremonies, the International Olympic Committee said on Sunday, but under a new policy they are briefly allowed to remove them on the podium for a photo opportunity.

SA’s COVID-19 positivity rate declines to 24.3% 25 July 2021, 7:20 AM

The COVID-19 positivity rate in South Africa has declined to 24.3%  with 12 056 cases new cases reported in the last 24-hour cycle. This is significantly lower than the more than 30% reported at the beginning of the month.

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SA business hoping for relaxed COVID-19 lockdown regulations ahead of Ramaphosa’s address 25 July 2021, 6:40 AM

President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation on Sunday evening on developments in South Africa's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some sectors are hoping that Ramaphosa will relax the regulations in a move aimed at boosting the country's ailing economy.

Dutch coach tests positive for COVID-19 25 July 2021, 4:29 AM

Dutch rowing coach Josy Verdonkschot has tested positive for COVID-19, the Netherlands Olympic Committee (NOCNSF) said on Sunday, and has gone into a 10-day quarantine.

UK will be exposed to paying pandemic cost risks for decades-report 25 July 2021, 2:31 AM

The British government will be exposed to financial risks from its 372-billion-pound pandemic spending for decades, according to lawmakers' reports on Sunday that also said more than 2 billion pounds had been spent on unusable protective equipment.

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SA is ready to reopen schools on Monday: Motshekga 24 July 2021, 11:11 AM

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says the education sector is ready to reopen schools on Monday. President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address the nation on Sunday and to provide clarity on whether schools in South Africa will reopen on Monday.

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COVID-19 lockdown | President Ramaphosa expected to address the nation on Sunday 24 July 2021, 8:01 AM

The Presidency has confirmed that President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation on Sunday evening before the extended alert level four lockdown expires.

More than 2 000 COVID-19 related deaths recorded in SA this week: NICD 24 July 2021, 7:33 AM

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases says more than 2000 people have succumbed to COVID-19 related complications since the beginning of this week.

Experts say diabetics at risk of severe COVID-19, urges them not to delay seeking medical help 23 July 2021, 9:30 PM

People living with diabetes who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 should not delay in getting medical help should they develop even just a mild form of breathing difficulty.

SA records 13 719 new COVID-19 cases, 450 fatalities 23 July 2021, 8:30 PM

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says 13 719 new COVID-19 cases were identified in South Africa overnight, pushing the total number of laboratory-confirmed infections to 2 356 049.

As Americans navigate conflicting COVID-19 mask advice, ‘everyone is confused’ 23 July 2021, 7:30 PM

A COVID-19 surge ignited in parts of the United States by the highly contagious Delta variant and vaccine hesitancy has led to new mask mandates and deep confusion among some people about which guidance to follow.

Ikosi uSipho Mahlangu hailed as a great leader and champion of rural development at funeral 23 July 2021, 5:25 PM

The chairperson of the National House of Traditional Leaders, Ikosi Sipho Mahlangu, has been laid to rest in his rural village of Matshiding in Mpumalanga.

Five SA Sevens rugby team players barred from entering the Athletes’ Village in Tokyo 23 July 2021, 4:30 PM

The South African Sevens rugby team faces more disruptions when they arrive in Tokyo for the Olympic Games this weekend.

Limpopo launches vaccination drive for social development cluster workers 23 July 2021, 3:48 PM

Limpopo has become the last province to launch the vaccine roll-out programme for workers in the Social Development Cluster.

Vaccination roll-out programme is running smoothly in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng: Kubayi 23 July 2021, 9:21 AM

Acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi says government's vaccination roll-out programme is running smoothly in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

Ministerial Advisory Committee on COVID-19 to advise government to review current lockdown restrictions. 23 July 2021, 8:32 AM

The Ministerial Advisory Committee on COVID-19 which is expected to meet this weekend says it will advise government to review its current lockdown restrictions because the country has started to see a turnaround in coronavirus infections

VIDEO: Acting Health Minister briefs the media on COVID-19 and vaccination rollout plan 23 July 2021, 7:19 AM

Acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi and Deputy Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla will be hosting a media briefing on the progress of government’s COVID-19 and vaccination rollout plan.

Eastern Cape Social Development Department encourages workers in the sector to get vaccinated 23 July 2021, 5:34 AM

The Department of Social Development in the Eastern Cape is encouraging all workers in the sector to get vaccinated for COVID-19.

Ikosi Sipho Mahlangu to be laid to rest on Friday 22 July 2021, 10:00 PM

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs director-general, Mashwahle Diphofa, says COVID-19 restrictions will be implemented at the funeral. Diphofa says among the 50 people who will be attending - are 10 from government, four traditional leaders and 36 members of the family.

SA records 14 858 new COVID-19 cases, 433 deaths 22 July 2021, 8:25 PM

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says 14 858 new COVID-19 cases have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 342 330.

Scores of media workers vaccinated in Limpopo on Thursday 22 July 2021, 5:55 PM

Members of the media in Limpopo, who braved the cold weather to get their COVID-19 shots, say they will now do their work with no fear as they venture far and wide to inform, educate and entertain the public.

Algeria, Tunisia experiencing 4th COVID-19 wave: Nkengasong 22 July 2021, 12:15 PM

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention says Algeria and Tunisia are experiencing a 4th wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

SA’s Biovac to help manufacture Pfizer/BoiNTech COVID-19 vaccine 22 July 2021, 11:09 AM

South Africa's Biovac Institute has outlined the process it will undergo to begin manufacturing the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

“No evidence suggesting COVID-19 vaccines cause death” 22 July 2021, 8:42 AM

The Progressive Health Forum says there is no evidence yet suggesting that COVID-19 vaccines are the direct cause of some fatalities.

IEC to engage Political Party Liaison Committee on Moseneke’s report recommending that local polls be postponed 22 July 2021, 5:00 AM

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is set to consult with the Political Party Liaison Committee on Thursday to discuss Justice Dikgang Moseneke's report calling for the postponement of the country's municipal elections.

Government worried about possible outbreak of new COVID-19 cases in KZN following unrest 21 July 2021, 10:16 PM

Acting health minister, Mamoloko Kubayi-Nguban,i has urged people in the province to be on the lookout for medicines sold on the black market as they could be contaminated.

World needs Olympics now as celebration of hope, says WHO head 21 July 2021, 9:34 PM

Head of the World Health Organisation, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, says the Tokyo Olympics should go ahead to demonstrate what can be achieved with the right plan and measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

SAHPRA conducting study of 28 people who died after receiving COVID-19 shots 21 July 2021, 9:12 PM

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) says it is conducting a study on 28 people who have died after receiving either the Pfizer or Johnson and Johnson vaccines in South Africa. 

Saccawu decries membership loss due to retrenchments 21 July 2021, 8:55 PM

The country's biggest food and retail workers union  South African Commercial Catering and Allied Workers Union (Saccawu) says it has lost over 10 percent of its membership due to the ongoing massive retrenchments in the sector.