Health experts cast doubt on India’s timeline for COVID vaccine

3 July 2020, 2:05 PM
The Chief of India's top clinical research agency said in a leaked letter circulated on Friday it envisaged launching a novel coronavirus vaccine by August 15, prompting scepticism from some health experts who questioned the short timeline.
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KZN fishermen granted sardine run permits under strict COVID-19 regulations 22 June 2020, 1:07 PM

The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries has issued guidelines to be followed by fishermen in KwaZulu-Natal with the sardine season in full swing.

Germany’s coronavirus reproduction rate jumps, indicating rising contagion 22 June 2020, 4:00 AM

Germany’s coronavirus reproduction rate jumped to 288 on Sunday, up from 179 a day earlier, health authorities said, a rate showing infections are rising above the level needed to contain the disease over the longer term.

FEATURE: Educational apps your children can use during lockdown 21 June 2020, 7:00 AM

This week, we look at educational apps to keep your young ones learning and entertained during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

Western Cape gears up to start using Dexamethasone as COVID-19 fight continues 20 June 2020, 6:19 PM

The Western Cape, which has the highest number of COVID-19 infections and deaths in the country, says clinical protocols are already being developed for the use of the drug, Dexamethasone, in its battle against the disease.

Scientists unsure why Dexamethasone is effective in treating COVID-19 patients 20 June 2020, 9:14 AM

Research professor, Tulio de Oliviera, says scientists do not yet fully understand why the Dexamethasone drug is so effective in patients with a severe case of COVID-19.

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94 new COVID-19 deaths in SA, confirmed COVID-19 cases climb to 87 715 19 June 2020, 10:11 PM

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is now 87 715. The number of confirmed deaths has increased by 94 to 1 831.

North West hospital confirms 123 COVID-19 cases 19 June 2020, 7:33 PM

Witrand hospital in Potchefstroom in the North West has confirmed 100 patients and 23 staff members to have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). The hospital looks after patients with mental and physical disabilities.

VIDEO: Weekly Global COVID-19 Wrap, 19 June 19 June 2020, 5:24 PM

In this week's Global COVID-19 Wrap, SABC News captures highlights from the African continent, Europe, Asia, and the Americas - as the number of confirmed infections worldwide rises.

Western Cape COVID-19 peak expected to start end of June 19 June 2020, 11:01 AM

As South Africa's confirmed COVID-19 cases continue to spike, the Western Cape is expected to start its peak by the end of June and the beginning of July.

Western Cape urges public to self isolate in facilities across the province 19 June 2020, 10:43 AM

The Western Cape Department of Health has urged members of the public who are unable to self-isolate due to economic or social reasons to make use of its various isolation and quarantine facilities across the province.

63 new COVID-19-related deaths recorded in SA, total confirmed cases stand at 83 890 18 June 2020, 9:52 PM

The Department of Health has reported a further increase of 63 COVID-19 deaths. This brings the total national deaths to 1 737  on Thursday, with a mortality rate of 2, 1%.

Cape Town had COVID-19 infections earlier than thought, says health official 18 June 2020, 6:06 PM

The new coronavirus pandemic hit Cape Town much earlier than previously assumed and this helps to explain why South Africa’s main tourist hub now accounts for more than half of all infections and the most deaths, a senior health official said on Thursday.

UK ditches COVID-19 app model to use Google-Apple system 18 June 2020, 4:38 PM

Britain on Thursday said it would switch to Apple and Google technology for its test-and-trace app, ditching its current system in a U-turn for the troubled programme.

49 more coronavirus-related deaths, 80 412 positive cases in SA 17 June 2020, 9:25 PM

The latest daily figures from the Health Department showed on Wednesday that South Africa's death toll from confirmed cases has risen to 1 674, an increase of 49.

Dexamethasone study hailed a game changer in fight against COVID-19 17 June 2020, 8:51 PM

Results of a study conducted in the United Kingdom have been hailed as a game changer in the fight against COVID19.

CureVac starts trial of experimental coronavirus vaccine, eyes launch next year 17 June 2020, 1:38 PM

Unlisted German biotech firm CureVac will become the second company after rival BioNTech to launch human trials of an experimental coronavirus vaccine in the country, eyeing a potential approval in mid-2021.

Weather bureau warns of heavy rain in KwaZulu-Natal, icy weather to subside soon 17 June 2020, 9:06 AM

The South African Weather Services has forecast heavy rain which may cause localised flooding in the next two days in north-east KwaZulu-Natal.

INFOGRAPHIC: Conditions that may increase risk of contracting COVID-19 17 June 2020, 8:24 AM

For many, COVID-19 is not life-threatening, however people with some of the underlying conditions below may be at high risk of contracting COVID-19.

Health Department announces breakthrough in treatment for severe COVID-19 cases 17 June 2020, 8:19 AM

The Health Department on Tuesday announced a breakthrough in one of the therapeutic trials for COVID-19 management.

Brazil reports record 34 918 new coronavirus cases in a day 17 June 2020, 5:00 AM

Brazil set a daily record on Tuesday for new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in a single day, as its case load grew by 34 918 patients in 24 hours to 923 189 total infections, the most in the world outside the United States.

Scientists hail dexamethasone as “major breakthrough” in treating COVID-19 16 June 2020, 5:26 PM

Dexamethasone, a cheap and widely used steroid, has become the first drug shown to be able to save lives among COVID-19 patients in what scientists hailed as a "major breakthrough."

EU antitrust regulators to investigate Apple’s App Store, Apple Pay 16 June 2020, 12:38 PM

Apple on Tuesday found itself the target of two European Union (EU) antitrust investigations into its App Store and Apple Pay as regulators said its terms and conditions and restrictions may violate the bloc’s competition rules.

Amazon says CEO Bezos willing to testify before US Congress 16 June 2020, 11:54 AM

Amazon.com Inc said on Monday its founder and Chief Executive Jeff Bezos was willing to testify to a congressional panel investigating potential violations of US antitrust law by big technology companies.

US companies can work with Huawei on 5G, other standards: Commerce Department 16 June 2020, 8:05 AM

The United States on Monday confirmed a Reuters report that it will amend its prohibitions on US companies doing business with China’s Huawei to allow them to work together on setting standards for next-generation 5G networks.

Tiny 13,500-year-old bird statuette shows origins of Chinese art 16 June 2020, 7:40 AM

A tiny statuette of a bird carved from burnt bone about 13,500 years ago reveals the origins of Chinese art, embodying a style different from prehistoric three-dimensional artwork by people in other parts of the world, researchers said on Wednesday.

UK funds human trials of potential COVID-19 vaccine from Imperial 15 June 2020, 11:35 PM

Scientists at Imperial College London will start the first clinical trials of a potential COVID-19 vaccine this week with more than 45 million pounds ($56.50 million) in backing from the UK government and philanthropic donors.

Credit from Safaricom’s farming app sows seeds of change in Kenya 15 June 2020, 9:17 PM

Rachel Bor’s neighbours chatted, laughed and shared milky tea from her tarnished kettle as they celebrated their most bountiful maize crop yet on her half-acre plot in Kenya’s Rift Valley.

Telecom operator Orange eyes Nigeria, South Africa as possible new markets 15 June 2020, 8:41 PM

Orange, France’s largest telecom operator, believes it would benefit from having a wider footprint in Africa and will give itself a few months to make a possible move, Chief Executive Stephane Richard told Les Echos business newspaper.

UN human rights expert asks to give evidence in SA’s air pollution case 15 June 2020, 3:20 PM

A United Nations human rights expert wants to submit evidence in a lawsuit against the South African government over its alleged failure to address long-term air pollution linked to burning coal, court papers show.

SA nuclear energy prospects costly: EarthLife Africa 15 June 2020, 9:42 AM

Earthlife Africa has voiced opposition to the possibility of South Africa's use of nuclear power in the future, saying it has a negative climate change impact and is costly.