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.
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Drilling into the ground for water
Little is known about the impact of aquifer drilling 19 August 2018, 7:45 PM

Scientists from the South African Environmental Observation Network have warned that little is known about the long term impact of rock aquifer drilling on the underground water table in Cape Town.

Healworkers carrying a dead body
Ebola deaths in DRC rises to 49 19 August 2018, 5:45 PM

The deadly Ebola outbreak in eastern DR Congo has now claimed 49 lives since the start of the month, the government has said, and the WHO expects more cases.

Fresh quake rocks Indonesia’s Lombok island 19 August 2018, 11:13 AM

A strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake rocked the Indonesian island of Lombok Sunday, sending people fleeing into the streets just two weeks after a tremor killed more than 460 people.

Magnitude 6.3 earthquake rocks Indonesia’s Lombok island: USGS 19 August 2018, 6:53 AM

A strong 8.2-magnitude earthquake struck off Fiji Sunday, the US Geological Survey said, but it was too deep to generate a tsunami and there were no reports of damage.

Mpumalanga water project bears fruit 18 August 2018, 9:47 PM

Residents of Mkhondo in Mpumalanga are ecstatic after receiving running water for the first time in many years.

Nelson Mandela Metro to get water boost 18 August 2018, 9:17 PM

Plans are afoot to ensure the Nelson Mandela Metro and Kouga Municipality receive most of its water supply from the Nooitgedacht dam instead of the Kouga dam.

A scientist
SA’ science learner back from Science Forum in London 18 August 2018, 5:10 PM

A Grade 12 learner from Lehawu Secondary School, outside Mbombela in Mpumalanga, is back home after representing South Africa at the Science Forum in London three weeks ago.

Flood rescue stepped up as more torrential rain batters Kerala 18 August 2018, 3:10 PM

Rescuers in helicopters and boats fought through renewed torrential rain Saturday to reach stranded villages in India's Kerala state...

Treatment centres are now open both in Mangina and another one in Beni.
78 new cases of Ebola in DRC 18 August 2018, 9:10 AM

Seventy-eight cases have now been confirmed in the latest Ebola outbreak in the DRC's eastern North Kivu Province while the United Nations has raised concern about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in other parts of the country.

Elon Musk
Tesla stock sinks after Musk gives tearful NYT interview 18 August 2018, 7:47 AM

Tesla Inc’s (TSLA.O) shares slumped 9% on Friday after Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk told the New York Times he was under major emotional stress and was preparing for “extreme torture” from short sellers.

Congolese officials and the World Health Organisation officials wear protective suits
Militia threat hampers Ebola fight in Congo as disease kills 47 18 August 2018, 7:32 AM

Militia violence in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has prevented aid workers from reaching some potential cases in an outbreak of Ebola that has so far killed 47 people, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

Radio telescope project launched in Durban 17 August 2018, 4:48 PM

A cutting-edge Radio telescope project has been launched in Durban. It will map a third of the sky to probe two of the biggest mysteries in the universe.

The female condom has proven to have the ability to prevent sexually transmitted infections, HIV and pregnancy.
Four in ten nurses are not willing to promote female condoms 17 August 2018, 2:33 PM

A recent study has found that 41% of nurses in Johannesburg are not willing to promote female condom use.

Teenage pregnancy on the rise in Mpumalanga 16 August 2018, 9:39 PM

Teenage pregnancy in Mpumalanga is on the rise with public healthcare facilities reporting a 78% increase in just one year.

Scientists detail full genome of wheat for first time 16 August 2018, 9:11 PM

In a breakthrough that experts say will help feed the growing global population in the coming decades, scientists Thursday revealed they have cracked the full genome of wheat for the first time.

US drug overdose deaths surge amid fentanyl scourge 16 August 2018, 5:39 PM

US drug overdose deaths surged to nearly 72,000 last year, as addicts increasingly turn to extremely powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl as the supply of prescription painkillers has tightened.

Medical technicians in protective gear
DRC continues to fight increasing Ebola crisis 15 August 2018, 9:04 PM

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called for a ceasefire in a conflict-torn region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as continued fighting is hampering efforts to reign in an Ebola outbreak.

People at a landfill site
Waste can create jobs: Research chair 15 August 2018, 2:18 PM

The new Research Chair in Waste and Society, Professor Catherina Schenck says South Africa’s massive amount of waste can be used to create job.

In all, there have been 66 cases to date, including 39 confirmed and 27 probable.
DRC deploys experimental Ebola treatment as cases rise 15 August 2018, 11:05 AM

Democratic Republic of Congo has started using the experimental mAb114 Ebola treatment to counter the latest flare-up of the virus, health officials said on Tuesday, the first time it has been deployed against an active outbreak.

Wild animals crossing a road in a park
Govt concerned about increase in elephant poaching 14 August 2018, 6:56 PM

The department of Environmental Affairs says it is concerned about an increase in elephant poaching - mostly in the Kruger national park.

Doctor's hand and hanging stethoscope
New system delays medicine distribution in Limpopo clinics 14 August 2018, 3:06 PM

 Technical challenges in a new national procurement system have caused delays in the distribution of medication from the Limpopo provincial pharmaceutical depot to some hospitals and clinics.

It is still a leading cause of death in South Africa.
SA doctors have difficulty treating TB 14 August 2018, 8:00 AM

Head of the MDR/XDR TB unit at Klerksdorp/Tshepong hospital complex in North West says doctors in the country still have difficulty treating Tuberculosis.

Imaging of what pterosaurs might have looked like
200-million year old Pterosaur ‘built for flying’ 13 August 2018, 8:19 PM

Scientists on Monday unveiled a previously unknown species of giant pterosaur, the first creatures with a backbone to fly under their own power.

Ebola, which causes fever, vomiting and diarrhoea, is spread through direct contact with body fluids.
Four new Congo Ebola cases as medics prepare experimental treatment 13 August 2018, 7:50 AM

Four new cases of Ebola virus have been confirmed in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the health ministry said, as authorities prepare to deploy an experimental treatment.

NASA blasts off historic probe to ‘touch Sun’ 12 August 2018, 11:10 AM

NASA on Sunday blasted off a $1.5 billion spacecraft toward the Sun on a historic mission to protect the Earth by unveiling the mysteries of dangerous solar storms.

Western Cape residents to meet over ‘water restrictions’ 12 August 2018, 9:47 AM

The Department of Water and Sanitation will meet with various water users of the Western Cape water supply system again this month to discuss the relaxation of water restrictions.

NASA will again attempt to launch its spaceship 12 August 2018, 7:20 AM

NASA will again attempt to launch a mission to explore the Sun 24-hours after the previous launch was delayed due to a last-minute technical problem.

Parker Solar Probe
NASA postpones for 24 hours launch of historic spaceship to Sun 11 August 2018, 2:18 PM

NASA postponed until Sunday the launch of the first ever spacecraft to fly directly toward the Sun on a mission to plunge into our star's sizzling atmosphere and unlock its mysteries.

Freezing temperatures hit parts of SA 11 August 2018, 10:36 AM

The South African Weather Service says the extremely cold temperatures that many parts of the country are currently experiencing will pick up significantly in the next few days, especially in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Gauteng.

Severe storm alert for Buffalo City 11 August 2018, 9:23 AM

A severe storm warning has been issued for Buffalo City around East London and surrounding towns by the weather office.