Gauteng residents take COVID-19 vaccine amid rise in infections

28 November 2021, 3:08 PM
Gauteng residents who received their second vaccination today say they feel much safer. This is as the number of COVID-19 infections continues to rise.
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INFOGRAPHIC: How vaccine licensing works 9 March 2021, 7:34 AM

Deputy Health Minister Dr. Joe Phaahla's response to opposition parties in Parliament on Friday, that the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine that is being administered to health workers has not been formally registered with the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA), has put a spotlight on vaccine licensing.

Phase two of COVID-19 vaccine rollout could begin at the end of April 8 March 2021, 2:33 AM

Phase two of South Africa's coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine rollout could begin at the end of April. To date, over a hundred thousand healthcare workers have been vaccinated in phase one of the Johnson& Johnson vaccine drive.

Health experts support government’s decision to administer J & J vaccine before registration 7 March 2021, 1:02 PM

Health experts are supporting government’s decision to administer the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to healthcare workers before it is registered.

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.

Government accused of lying to the public over J&J vaccine rollout 5 March 2021, 4:00 PM

The Department of Health has come under fire from some opposition parties in Parliament who accuse it of acting improperly by claiming it is rolling out the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, when it is merely part of a study.

SAHPRA in advanced stage of reviewing emergency use application for Pfizer vaccine 5 March 2021, 9:50 AM

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) says it is at an advanced stage of reviewing an emergency use application for Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine.

Police seize thousands of fake COVID-19 vaccines in Johannesburg 4 March 2021, 11:52 AM

The SAPS says more arrests are imminent as authorities have seized hundreds of fake COVID-19 vaccines following a global alert issued by Interpol.

Africa is making progress in their vaccine rollout programs: Africa CDC 4 March 2021, 8:22 AM

The African Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (Africa CDC) Dr Nicaise Ndemi says Africa is making remarkable progress in its vaccine rollout programs.

South Africa should use the AstraZeneca vaccine: Expert 3 March 2021, 9:17 AM

Professor of Vaccinology at the University of the Witwatersrand says the government should use the doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

No one preventing private sector from acquiring COVID-19 vaccines: Phaahla 3 March 2021, 7:30 AM

Deputy Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla says the government has not prevented the private sector from purchasing coronavirus vaccines.

Government working to improve capability to produce COVID-19 vaccines: Mabuza 2 March 2021, 7:36 PM

Deputy President David Mabuza says government is working on improving South Africa's capability to produce coronavirus vaccines. He was visiting the Biovac Institute in Midrand, Johannesburg, where the coronavirus vaccines are being kept.

AfriForum says private sector is not prevented from purchasing COVID-19 vaccines 2 March 2021, 4:08 PM

Lobby group Afriforum says government has admitted that there are no legal restrictions to prevent the private sector from purchasing COVID-19 vaccines.

Makhura against the idea of provinces procuring vaccines directly from pharmaceutical companies 2 March 2021, 2:40 PM

Gauteng Premier David Makhura says it is would be misleading to think a province can directly procure COVID-19 vaccines from pharmaceutical companies.

Government urged to allow private sector to procure COVID-19 vaccines 2 March 2021, 1:00 PM

Afriforum’s Ernst Van Zyl says allowing the private sector to purchase and distribute the vaccines would make the country's rollout more efficient and corruption-free.

Northern Cape receives second batch of Johnson and Johnson vaccines 1 March 2021, 5:07 PM

The second batch of Johnson and Johnson vaccines have been delivered to the Northern Cape Department of Health.

VIDEO: Panel discussion on SA’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout 1 March 2021, 4:11 PM

Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize is attending a virtual panel discussion hosted by Wits University on the COVID-19 vaccine.

J&J’s COVID-19 shot gets CDC panel backing; vaccine near shipping 1 March 2021, 1:32 AM

A US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory panel voted unanimously on Sunday to recommend Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 shot for widespread use, a final clearance for the vaccine a day after it was authorized by US regulators.

Second batch of Johnson and Johnson vaccines arrives in SA 27 February 2021, 6:53 AM

This takes the number of the total doses the country has received in the first phase of government's rollout programme to 160 000.

FDA allows storage, transport of Pfizer vaccine at higher temperatures 26 February 2021, 12:32 AM

The US Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved storage and transportation of COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc and German partner BioNTech SE at standard freezer temperatures for up to two weeks instead of ultra-cold conditions.

Pfizer-BioNTech testing booster of their COVID-19 vaccine in new trial 25 February 2021, 5:04 PM

Pfizer and BioNTech say they are testing a third dose of their COVID-19 vaccine to better understand the immune response against new variants of the virus.

In boost for COVID-19 battle, Pfizer vaccine found 94% effective in real world 25 February 2021, 3:24 AM

The first big real-world study of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to be independently reviewed shows the shot is highly effective at preventing COVID-19, in a potentially landmark moment for countries desperate to end lockdowns and reopen economies.

SA seeks to trigger waivers to temporarily suspend patent laws to produce COVID-19 vaccines 24 February 2021, 8:43 PM

South Africa remains at the forefront of efforts at the World Trade Organisation to trigger waivers that would temporarily suspend patent laws that are limiting the global production of COVID-19 vaccines and other medical products.

Tax revenue collections may provide cash needed to fund vaccines: Economist 24 February 2021, 7:17 AM

Chief economist at Investec, Annabel Bishop, says a possible R100 Billion underestimation in tax revenue collections may provide the extra cash that government needs to fund its vaccine roll-out programme.

Ramaphosa urges world leaders to support COVAX facility to ensure equitable access to vaccines 24 February 2021, 6:36 AM

President Cyril Ramaphosa says countries in the global south should be empowered through the transfer of medical technology to assist in the fight against COVID-19 and this would allow African and other developing countries to join in the manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccines.

Mboweni unlikely to increase taxes to finance vaccine programme: Economists 24 February 2021, 5:03 AM

Economists say Finance Minister Tito Mboweni is unlikely to increase taxes in order to finance the country's vaccine rollout programme.  

President Ramaphosa joins calls for world’s richest countries to donate 5% of their vaccines 23 February 2021, 10:29 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa says countries in the global south should be empowered through the transfer of medical technology to assist in the fight against COVID-19.

More than 3 000 health workers have received vaccines in Western Cape: Mbombo 23 February 2021, 3:05 PM

Western Cape Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo says over 3 000 health workers have received the vaccine jab in the province so far.

SA should work around vaccine development for future pandemics: US expert   23 February 2021, 12:00 AM

The Chief Medical Advisor to United States (US) President Joe Biden says developing countries like South Africa should work to shore up their capacity around vaccine development for future pandemics.

Nzimande concerned about readiness of some KZN hospitals to rollout coronavirus vaccine 22 February 2021, 9:49 PM

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande says he is concerned about the readiness of some KwaZulu-Natal hospitals to rollout the COVID-19 vaccine. This comes after Nzimande, who is part of the Ministerial Vaccination Committee, visited Edendale Hospital in Pietermaritzburg.

Gauteng Right2Know slams Health Department’s vaccine rollout glitches 22 February 2021, 2:30 PM

The Right2Know Campaign in Gauteng says the Department of Health is failing to effectively rollout the vaccination programme to healthcare workers at the forefront of battling COVID-19.