The lowdown on Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine

“The recent announcement of a promising COVID-19 vaccine is good news. But don’t get too excited: other more affluent countries have already bought up most of the doses, and we do not own the expensive technology necessary to store and transport it.”

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Community health workers: Could COVID-19 finally unlock their role in the National Health Insurance scheme? (South Africa)

“Although community health workers’ work was touted by senior politicians as a key part of South Africa’s COVID-19 response, some experts argue it’s doubtful a programme that has been struggling for so many years could have had a significant effect during the pandemic.”

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Walter Sisulu University suspends classes and exams to avoid the spread of COVID-19

“Walter Sisulu University has suspended all contact classes, examinations and assessments at its East London campus for two weeks. Students will also be confined to their residences.”

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Entrepreneurs strike COVID-19 gold

“A handful of companies, especially in the tech, online services and logistics field, were able to weather the COVID-19 storm with a little bit of flair through innovative and sometimes crazy changes in how their businesses ran, while other people started new businesses.”

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It’s not a ‘second wave’: COVID-19 resurges because safety measures are relaxed or ignored

“The danger of thinking of this as a second wave is it obscures the fact that suppression measures have slowed the spread and relaxing them prematurely can make numbers take off again.”

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Tracking, tracing and transparency

“Whereas the recording of personal information is a practical and a necessary one, what happens to that information when this is all over and does tracking and tracing fit within the frameworks of our constitution?”

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The challenges of delivering a COVID-19 vaccine in Africa requires a new approach

“We can and must step up our readiness to do two things: first, train more workers to be COVID-19 experts, and second, distribute the coming vaccine based on lessons learned through continent-wide collaboration rather than through knowledge residing in individual countries alone.”

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South Africa: Domestic travel is key to saving the tourism sector

“As in countries such as Australia and Germany, domestic tourism could become the main pillar for South Africa’s tourism industry resurgence. The government is looking at introducing a two-tier pricing system. Domestic tourists will thus have an opportunity to enjoy the wonders of South Africa at a discounted citizens’ rate.”

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How Africa can curb illicit financial flows to strengthen economies post COVID-19

“Deepening regional integration on the continent through the AfCFTA can build resilient economies post-COVID-19. By 2025, the AfCFTA could boost Africa’s total exports by 29%, intracontinental trade by more than 81% and African exports to the rest of the world by 19%.”

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Testing sewage: The COVID-19 canary in our wastewater

“The South Africa Tuberculosis (TB) Platform team is looking for traces of SARS-CoV-2, as part of their wastewater-based epidemiology, which is a way of monitoring the spread of diseases or chemicals through their presence in sewage.”

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