Government urged to devise quick plan to decentralise COVID-19 vaccine delivery

11 April 2021, 8:26 PM
Government has been widely criticised for being inefficient as well as lacking transparency and accountability in its vaccine roll-out programme.
CORONAVIRUS: Your daily update 13 April 2021, 5:10 AM

South Africa has recorded 655 new coronavirus infections and 34 deaths in the last 24-hour cycle. The country's total number of infections now is 1 559 113 while the death toll has climbed to 53 356.

British variant of COVID-19 not as severe as feared – The Lancet 13 April 2021, 5:02 AM

A highly contagious variant of COVID-19 first identified in Britain does not cause more severe disease in hospitalised patients, according to a new study published in the medical journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases on Monday.

SA records 655 new coronavirus infections in the last 24-hour cycle 12 April 2021, 11:17 PM

South Africa has recorded 655 new coronavirus infections in the last 24-hour cycle, taking the total number to 1 559 113.

Ex-combatants on a mission to stave off poverty in rural Eastern Cape 12 April 2021, 4:20 PM

Ex-combatants from liberation movements affiliated to different political parties are playing a significant role in fighting poverty through agricultural programmes in the Eastern Cape's O R Tambo region.

Australia abandons COVID-19 vaccination targets after new advice on AstraZeneca shots 12 April 2021, 3:41 AM

Australia has abandoned a goal to vaccinate nearly all of its 26 million population by the end of 2021 following advice that people under the age of 50 take Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine rather than AstraZeneca's shot.

India bans Remdesivir exports as coronavirus rages on; rallies continue 11 April 2021, 8:12 PM

India on Sunday banned the export of anti-viral drug Remdesivir and its active pharmaceutical ingredients as demand rocketed due to a record surge in COVID-19 infections, leading to crippling shortages in many parts.

China considering mixing COVID-19 vaccines to boost protection rate 11 April 2021, 5:21 PM

China's top disease control official has said the country is formally considering mixing COVID-19 vaccines, as a way of further boosting vaccine efficacy.

COVID-19 vaccine’s positive effects outweighs the risk: SAHPRA 11 April 2021, 1:48 PM

The South African Health Products Authority (SAHPRA) has sought to allay fears overtaking a vaccine against the coronavirus, saying the jab's positive effects outweigh the risks.

COVID-19 501. V2 variant can ‘break through’ Pfizer vaccine, Israeli study says 11 April 2021, 5:00 AM

The coronavirus variant discovered in South Africa can “break through” Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine to some extent, a real-world data study in Israel found, though its prevalence in the country is low and the research has not been peer reviewed.

Former SA journalist recounts her COVID-19 experience leaving in China 10 April 2021, 8:43 PM

As global efforts to ramp up vaccination programmes around the world continue, China has been steadily making progress.

Indonesia’s Java hit by magnitude 5.9 quake, reports of one killed, damage 10 April 2021, 2:53 PM

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake off Indonesia's Java island on Saturday killed one person and damaged buildings in several cities, media reports said.

Volcano erupts in southern Caribbean, sparking evacuation ‘frenzy’ 10 April 2021, 3:52 AM

La Soufriere volcano on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent erupted on Friday after decades of inactivity, sending dark plumes of ash and smoke billowing into the sky and forcing thousands from surrounding villages to evacuate. 

J&J COVID-19 vaccine under EU review over blood clots 10 April 2021, 12:33 AM

Europe’s drug regulator said on Friday that it is reviewing rare blood clots in four people in the United States who received Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine. 

SA records 1 267 new coronavirus infections in the last 24-hour cycle 9 April 2021, 11:11 PM

South Africa has recorded 1 366 new coronavirus infections in the last 24-hour cycle, taking the total number to 1 556 242.

‘COVID-19 vaccination rollout in Mpumalanga proceeding smoothly’ 9 April 2021, 6:20 PM

Deputy Minister in the Presidency, Thembi Siweya, says she is satisfied with the rolling out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Mpumalanga.

VIDEO: Weekly Global COVID-19 Wrap, 9 April 9 April 2021, 5:00 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.

Announcement on SA’s bid to develop own COVID-19 vaccine to be made in 18 months 9 April 2021, 4:10 PM

Department of Science & Innovation Director-General, Dr. Phil Mjwara says he hopes an announcement will be made in the next 18 months on how far it is in terms of ensuring locally manufactured vaccines.

SAHPRA reviewing efficacy of Sputnik V, Sinovac vaccines 9 April 2021, 11:33 AM

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) says officials are reviewing the efficacy of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine and China's Sinovac vaccine.

India’s new COVID-19 infections hit record, deaths at over five-month high 9 April 2021, 10:49 AM

India reported another record number of new COVID-19 infections on Friday with daily deaths also hitting their highest in more than five months as the country battles a second wave of infections and states complain of a persistent vaccine shortage.

Sisonke study on Johnson and Johnson vaccine expected to conclude by first week in May 9 April 2021, 6:25 AM

Unit Director of the HIV Prevention Research Unit at the South African Medical Research Council, Professor Ameena Goga, says they expect to have concluded with the Johnson and Johnson vaccine Sisonke protocol study by the end of April and first week in May.

Facebook services down for thousands of users: Downdetector 9 April 2021, 12:59 AM

Facebook Inc’s platforms including WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram were down for thousands of users on Thursday, according to outage tracking website

SA records 1 366 new coronavirus infections in the last 24-hour cycle 8 April 2021, 11:20 PM

South Africa has recorded 1 366 new coronavirus infections in the last 24-hour cycle, taking the total number to 1 554 975.

AstraZeneca woes grow as African Union, Australia, Philippines curb COVID shots 8 April 2021, 7:35 PM

Australia and the Philippines limited use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, while the Africa Union dropped plans to buy the shot, dealing further blows to the company’s hopes to deliver a vaccine for the world.

Next batch of J&J COVID-19 vaccine doses to arrive on Monday: Mkhize 8 April 2021, 3:51 PM

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says government has secured agreements for 51 million doses of vaccine doses from pharmaceutical Johnson and Johnson to combat COVID-19.

Mkhize expected to make announcement about more COVID-19 vaccines for SA 8 April 2021, 10:30 AM

Health Minister Doctor Zweli Mkhize is today expected to make an important announcement on the arrival of more batches of vaccines in the country.

TB in South African children underrated, early diagnosis very elusive: Doctors 8 April 2021, 8:45 AM

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde says efforts are under way to reduce TB infections in children in the province.

Toyota unveils new cars with advanced driving assist technology 8 April 2021, 7:48 AM

Toyota Motor Corp on Thursday unveiled its new Lexus and Mirai models in Japan, equipped with the company’s latest advanced driver assistance that enables safe driving and wireless software updates.

SA records 756 new coronavirus infections in the last 24-hour cycle 8 April 2021, 12:08 AM

South Africa has recorded 756 new coronavirus infections in the last 24-hour cycle, taking the total number to 1 553 609.

Germany wants to buy Sputnik COVID vaccine if approved by EU – Source 7 April 2021, 10:03 PM

Germany is about to start bilateral negotiations with Russia to obtain its Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, a source told Reuters on Wednesday, adding that any final agreement depended on Russia providing key data to the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

Brazil’s top court to rule on patent case, may lower COVID-19 drug costs 7 April 2021, 9:29 PM

Brazil's Supreme Court is set to rule on Wednesday on whether drug patents can be extended in the country, a decision that could lower costs for drugs critical to treating COVID-19 patients but also hurt the bottom lines of pharmaceutical firms.