Despite supply and administration challenges, South Africa’s vaccine roll-out can succeed

“Leadership and tough negotiations with drug companies is required to avoid wastage, increase weekly COVID-19 vaccination numbers and prevent a slowdown in the national roll-out.”

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Hospital bed space alert in Gauteng as third wave of COVID-19 takes hold

“More than 1,800 people are currently hospitalised in the province’s private and public facilities, but concerns over bed space are mounting as Gauteng COVID-19 infection numbers spike.”

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Medical supplies platform could be the model to fast track PPE supplies and vaccines to Africa and beyond

“While Covax is a necessary and laudable effort, its ambitions and timelines were always going to fall short of what the developing world needed, including much of Africa. So while leaders around the world were glued to their phones, Zimbabwean businessman and philanthropist Strive Masiyiwa was on video calls setting up something a little different. He and about 30 African colleagues established the non-profit Africa Medical Supplies Platform.”

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Fake and fraudulent: Cross-border bus passengers can buy forged COVID-19 test results

“In a matter of minutes, Daily Maverick was able to secure two fake COVID-19 test results from two bus companies for a total of R700.”

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Western Cape officials warn of COVID-19 risk as holidays loom

“There have been small spikes of COVID-19 in towns in the Western Cape, says the province’s health team, which issued a stern warning on Thursday.”

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Inequality warning: The pandemic’s impact on education

“Access to education has been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Governments across southern Africa closed down educational institutions for the greater part of 2020. At the beginning of 2021, we are beginning to see some of the costs.”

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Western Cape gets ready to distribute COVID-19 vaccines

“On 15 February, the first COVID-19 vaccine is expected to be delivered to healthcare workers in the Western Cape. At the same time, the province’s health officials have urged residents to maintain all COVID-19 hygiene protocols.”

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COVID-19: Grim start to year for once bustling Gatesville market (South Africa)

“Gatesville traders battle to contend with rising stock costs and contracting customer bases.”

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Cyril Ramaphosa: “To fight COVID-19, we need a dose of honesty and trust”

“All of us need to be part of the national effort to educate the population about the vaccine and not allow the spread of rumours, fear and mistrust. False information and fake news put lives at risk.”

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COVID-19: Foreign Affairs Minister Sibusiso Moyo’s death ‘a wake-up call’ for Zimbabwe

“Zimbabwean Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Sibusiso Moyo succumbed to COVID-19 on Wednesday as the country battles to contain a spike in cases. Moyo, known for announcing the military intervention in 2017 that ended Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule, dies in a Harare clinic after contracting the virus that has killed hundreds of people in Zimbabwe.”

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