Russia hopes to enter last phase of COVID-19 vaccine testing next month

13 July 2020, 7:38 PM
A Russian vaccine against COVID-19 could be ready for its final stage of testing as early as August, according to the head of the centre carrying out the trials. Russia's Sechenov University says the first trials are over and the vaccine has been shown to be safe. But more tests are needed before it can be put to use. 
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US COVID-19 vaccine programme to start manufacturing by late summer: Official 14 July 2020, 1:38 AM

Drug-makers partnered with the US government are on track to begin actively manufacturing a vaccine for COVID-19 by the end of the summer, a senior administration official said on Monday.

SA’s COVID-19 death toll increases to 4 172  14 July 2020, 12:01 AM

As of today, a cumulative total of 287 796 confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa have been reported.

Reallocation of resources for COVID-19 has adversely impacted health of women: Ramaphosa 13 July 2020, 5:42 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has told an independent United Nations (UN) panel that the health of women has been adversely impacted through the reallocation of resources in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Severe cold weather not expected in Eastern Cape 13 July 2020, 12:14 PM

The wet and cold weather system that is currently hitting the Western Cape will show its better side in the Eastern Cape, as the province will not receive the brunt of its force. 

Western Cape residents warned of biggest storm ahead 13 July 2020, 8:11 AM

The Western Cape Disaster Management has warned that the upcoming cold front could bring forth the biggest storm that the province has endured in recent times.

CORONAVIRUS: Your daily update 13 July 2020, 6:30 AM

The COVID-19 global statistics show an increase in the number of infections across the world.

Gauteng COVID-19 cases near 100 000 mark 12 July 2020, 10:53 PM

Gauteng has recorded more than 5 000 new cases in the past 24 hours, to 98 400 confirmed cases on Sunday, followed by the Western Cape at 78 399.

South Africa reports 12 058 new cases and further 108 deaths on Sunday 12 July 2020, 9:29 PM

As of Sunday, South Africa reports 12 058 new cases, bringing the total number of confirmed COVID19 cases is 276 242, the total number of deaths is 4 079 and the total number of recoveries is 134 874.

Hope as more people recover from COVID-19 12 July 2020, 8:19 PM

As COVID-19 rips through the country with more than 276 000 cases reported and more than 4 000 deaths on Sunday, the situation looks dire. However, there is good news.

KZN recorded over 9 000 new COVID-19 cases this past week: Zikalala 12 July 2020, 6:22 PM

Over the past seven days, KwaZulu-Natal has recorded over 9 000 new COVID-19 cases. This was revealed by Premier Sihle Zikalala in his weekly update on the pandemic.

FEATURE: Duduza resident Lunga Maseko shares his coronavirus story 12 July 2020, 2:21 PM

A Duduza resident, in the East Rand of Gauteng, Lunga Maseko recently tested positive for the coronavirus and he shares his story, after receiving his test results.

Western Cape residents warned of another cold front 12 July 2020, 7:09 AM

Disaster Management in Cape Town has warned residents to brace themselves for another cold front that is expected to make landfall late on Sunday.

SA’s recovery rate remains below 50% as 13 497 new infections are confirmed 11 July 2020, 11:52 PM

South Africa’s coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery rate remains below 50% at 48.4% with 127 715 recoveries recorded. There’s only been a 1.2 percentage point improvement from Friday.

COVID-19 cases at Correctional Service centres rise to 3 557 11 July 2020, 9:05 PM

The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) has recorded 133 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases at their centres to 3 557.

Worldwide coronavirus cases cross 12.59 million, death toll at 560 026 11 July 2020, 6:55 PM

More than 12.59 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 560,026​ have died, according to a Reuters tally.

China’s CanSino in talks for COVID vaccine Phase III trial overseas 11 July 2020, 3:41 PM

Chinese vaccine developer CanSino Biologics is in talks with Russia, Brazil, Chile and Saudi Arabia to launch a Phase III trial of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine, its co-founder said on Saturday.

COVID-19 can affect brain cells: Virologist 11 July 2020, 9:39 AM

New research has shown that COVID-19 can affect the brain cells of those infected and its affects remain even after they have recovered, says Professor Tulio de Oliveira, Virologist and Director of the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

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Snow recorded in Matroosberg and Hex River Mountain as cold front intensifies 11 July 2020, 7:45 AM

Snow has fallen in the Matroosberg and Hex River Mountain in Worcester in the Breede Valley area.

WHO advance team heads to China to set up probe into coronavirus origin 11 July 2020, 12:06 AM

A two-member advance team of World Health Organisation (WHO) experts has left for China to organise an investigation into the origins of the novel coronavirus behind a pandemic that has killed more than 550 000 people globally, the UN agency said on Friday.

VIDEO: Weekly Global COVID-19 Wrap, 10 July 10 July 2020, 10:14 PM

In this week's Global COVID-19 Wrap, SABC News captures highlights from the African continent, Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

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KZN Health investigates death of 5-month-old baby 10 July 2020, 5:42 PM

The head of the KwaZulu-Natal Health Department Dr Sandile Tshabalala says they are awaiting reports from clinical staff before issuing a report on the death of a five-month old baby who allegedly succumbed to COVID-19.

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Spotlight on invalid or insufficient COVID-19 test result 10 July 2020, 10:58 AM

Receiving an invalid or insufficient COVID-19 test result, does not mean that there was an error on behalf of the laboratory during the testing process.

Disaster management on high alert as heavy rains continue in Cape Town 10 July 2020, 10:15 AM

Disaster management teams remain on standby as heavy rains continue to pound the Western Cape, including the Cape Metro.

The South African Depression and Anxiety Group urges citizens not to ignore panic signs 10 July 2020, 9:34 AM

The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) has urged South Africans not to ignore panic signs. This comes as the country observes "Panic Awareness Day".

China’s Kazakhstan embassy warns citizens of pneumonia deadlier than COVID-19 10 July 2020, 5:35 AM

China’s embassy in Kazakhstan has warned its citizens to take precautions against an outbreak of pneumonia in the country that it says is more lethal than COVID-19.

New WHO guidance calls for more evidence on airborne transmission 10 July 2020, 4:13 AM

The World Health Organisation on Thursday released new guidelines on the transmission of the novel coronavirus that acknowledge some reports of airborne transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19, but stopped short of confirming that the virus spreads through the air.

UK turns down EU coronavirus vaccine scheme due to concerns about delays – Telegraph 10 July 2020, 12:49 AM

The British government has decided not to join a European Union coronavirus vaccine scheme because of concerns there could be costly delays in securing the vaccines, The Telegraph reported on Thursday, citing sources.

FEATURE | Debunking myths on SA’s vaccine trial with Prof Shabir Madhi 9 July 2020, 2:26 PM

SABC News’ Luvuyo Mdeni is joined by the Principal Investigator of the South African Ox1Cov-19 Vaccine VIDA trial, Professor Shabir Madhi.

Citizens urged to dedicate 67 minutes to Clear Rivers Campaign 9 July 2020, 11:00 AM

The Department of Water and Sanitation is calling on citizens to dedicate 67 minutes during Mandela Month in taking part in the Clear Rivers Campaign.

VIDEO: Africa CDC briefs the media on the continent’s latest COVID-19 statistics 9 July 2020, 10:17 AM

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention briefs the media on the continent's latest COVID-19 statistics.