US could roll out first COVID-19 vaccines by mid-December

23 November 2020, 10:04 PM
The first COVID-19 vaccinations could take place in early to mid-December in the United States. Between 20 and 40 million doses could be available and distributed before the end of the year in the United States alone. 
Brazil has enough infection data to analyze Sinovac’s COVID-19 vaccine – Officials 24 November 2020, 5:20 AM

Brazil has gathered enough infection data from a late-stage trial of an experimental COVID-19 vaccine developed by China's Sinovac Biotech and expects to have interim results on its efficiency in early December, trial organisers said on Monday.

AstraZeneca says COVID-19 ‘vaccine for the world’ can be 90% effective 23 November 2020, 11:40 PM

AstraZeneca said on Monday its COVID-19 vaccine was 70% effective in pivotal trials and could be up to 90% effective, giving the world’s fight against the global pandemic a third new weapon that can be cheaper to make, easier to distribute and faster to scale-up than rivals.

Health Department ‘concerned’ about COVID-19 positivity rate as 2080 new cases are reported 23 November 2020, 8:45 PM

South Africa has registered 2 080 new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the last reporting period. This brings the total number of cases in the country to 769 759.

CORONAVIRUS: Your daily update 23 November 2020, 8:26 PM

The number of coronavirus cases across the world continues to increase rapidly.

SA working with other countries to ensure speedy development of a vaccine: Mkhize 23 November 2020, 2:13 PM

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says South Africa is fully committed to participating in the process of developing a vaccine for the coronavirus.

PODCAST | COVID-19 Frontline Workers Part XXIV: A medical scientist shares her story 23 November 2020, 1:36 PM

SABC News captures their voices in this weekly feature, COVID-19 Frontline Workers. This week, Digital News producer Lebo Tshangela speaks to a medical scientist who works for one of South Africa’s largest private laboratory company about her experience with the coronavirus during the nationwide lockdown. She has chosen to remain anonymous.

Google under review for possible British competition inquiry 23 November 2020, 1:21 PM

Britain's competition regulator said on Monday it had received a complaint about Google related to its market study this year on online platforms and digital advertising.

Serum Institute promises millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccines for India 23 November 2020, 10:11 AM

The world's largest vaccine-maker, Serum Institute, has promised millions of doses for India before summer 2021 as infections moved towards the 9.5-million mark.

First Americans could get COVID-19 vaccine by December 11, top health official says 22 November 2020, 9:53 PM

The first Americans could receive a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as Dec. 11, the chief scientific adviser for the U.S. government’s vaccine program said on Sunday.

China to launch moon probe, seeking first lunar rock retrieval since 1970s 22 November 2020, 4:45 PM

China plans to launch an unmanned spacecraft to the moon this week to bring back lunar rocks in the first attempt by any nation to retrieve samples from Earth’s natural satellite since the 1970s.

Climate change affects impoverished communities 22 November 2020, 11:51 AM

Climate change affects people living in poor rural communities. The recent heavy hail storm in the eastern region of the Eastern Cape demolished more than 680 households, leaving 147 families homeless.

FEATURE – COVID Tech: ‘E-commerce booming in SA’ 22 November 2020, 7:26 AM

As many economies across the globe continue to feel the effects of COVID-19, South Africa has seen an 'increase' in the e-commerce merchants.

SA records 2 646 new COVID-19 cases, 86 deaths 21 November 2020, 9:50 PM

South Africa has recorded 2 646 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the national positive total to 765 409. Gauteng still has for the most cases provincially, accounting for 30.4% (232 856) of total cases.

Childhood vaccine linked to less severe COVID-19, cigarette smoke raises risk 21 November 2020, 5:54 PM

The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.

The Commission for Gender Equality, stakeholders address forced sterilisation issue 21 November 2020, 11:02 AM

The Commission for Gender Equality says it has finally met with all the stakeholders in the matter involving the forced sterilisation of HIV positive women in South Africa.

Psychologists advise those going through retrenchments to allow themselves to grieve 21 November 2020, 7:54 AM

Psychologists have advised people going through retrenchments that they should allow themselves time to grieve the loss of their employment and income.

AstraZeneca starts new COVID-19 prevention trials of antibody cocktail 21 November 2020, 2:53 AM

AstraZeneca started late-stage trials on Saturday of an experimental long-acting monoclonal antibody combination drug it hopes could be used as a so-called prophylactic to prevent COVID-19 infection in at-risk people for up to 12 months.

Pfizer files COVID-19 vaccine application to US FDA 20 November 2020, 11:21 PM

Pfizer Inc applied to US health regulators on Friday for emergency use authorization (EUA) of its COVID-19 vaccine, the first such application in a major step toward providing protection against the new coronavirus.

Pfizer to submit US emergency use application for COVID-19 vaccine 20 November 2020, 3:32 PM

Pfizer Inc said it will apply to United States (U.S.) health regulators on Friday for emergency use authorization (EUA) of its COVID-19 vaccine, the first such application in a major step toward providing protection against the new coronavirus.

VIDEO: Weekly Global COVID-19 Wrap: 20 November 20 November 2020, 3:00 PM

In this week's Global COVID-19 Wrap, SABC News captures highlights from all corners of the globe, as the number of confirmed infections worldwide continues to rise.

Biovac begins local manufacturing of paediatric vaccine 20 November 2020, 12:49 PM

Cape Town-based biotech company Biovac has begun local manufacturing of a six-in-one paediatric vaccine.

WHO advises against Gilead’s remdesivir for all hospitalised COVID-19 patients 20 November 2020, 2:47 AM

Gilead’s drug remdesivir is not recommended for patients hospitalised with COVID-19, regardless of how ill they are, as there is no evidence it improves survival or reduces the need for ventilation, a World Health Organisation panel said on Friday.

New contact tracing apps stir hope for virus fighters in US states 20 November 2020, 12:00 AM

A new wave of mobile apps that help track exposure to the coronavirus is coming to US states ahead of the holidays as public health officials bet that recently introduced features from Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google will significantly boost adoption and impact.

SA records 2 514 new coronavirus cases, 115 deaths reported on Thursday 19 November 2020, 10:32 PM

South Africa has recorded 2 514 new coronavirus cases, taking the total number of cases to date to 759 658.

Heatwaves in Britain cause record excess deaths 19 November 2020, 8:53 PM

Heatwaves caused a record 2 556 excess deaths in Britain this summer as the country was struggling to contain the coronavirus pandemic, according to a government estimate published on Thursday.

Access to medicine critical for mentally-ill patients: Dr Frans Korb 19 November 2020, 12:07 PM

Psychiatrist for the South African Depression and Anxiety Group - Doctor Frans Korb - says adherence and access to medicine are critical to the long-term health of mentally-ill patients.

Pfizer, Moderna COVID-19 vaccines may be authorised for use within weeks – US official 19 November 2020, 12:21 AM

COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer Inc and Moderna Inc could be ready for US authorisation and distribution within weeks, setting the stage for inoculation to begin as soon as this year, US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said on Wednesday.

Pfizer offers Brazil deal for millions of vaccine doses 18 November 2020, 11:34 PM

Pfizer Inc said on Wednesday it had offered to provide Brazil with millions of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in the first half of 2021, amid evidence the coronavirus is spreading more rapidly in South America’s largest country.

SA reports drop in new HIV infections for the past decade 18 November 2020, 7:01 PM

There's been a 57% reduction in the number of new HIV infections in South Africa in the past decade. There's also been a significant drop in the number of people who have succumbed to the epidemic.

SA Weather Services issues thunderstorm notice for KZN 18 November 2020, 4:55 PM

The South African Weather Services says severe thunderstorms are expected over KwaZulu-Natal this afternoon.