Public Health Medicine Specialist Professor Mary-Anne Davies says there has been no difference in the risk of death in COVID-19 patients in public healthcare facilities in the Western Cape during the first and second wave of the pandemic.
Professor Salim Abdool Karim, chairperson of the COVID-19 ministerial advisory committee, says the body’s natural antibodies are less effective against the new variant of the coronavirus that has been identified in South Africa, meaning those who have been infected can be re-infected.
Chairperson of the COVID-19 Ministerial Advisory Committee, Professor Salim Abdool Karim, says there is evidence that the new variant of the coronavirus in South Africa, known as 501Y.V2, is 50% more infectious as it binds more readily to human cells.
Senior researcher at the CSIR, Doctor Ridhwaan Suliman, has stressed the importance of improved testing for coronavirus in South Africa, saying this will help identify hotspot areas across the country and ultimately combat the virus.
Brazilian health regulator Anvisa on Sunday approved emergency use of COVID-19 vaccines from China’s Sinovac Biotech and Britain’s AstraZeneca, kicking off immunizations as the pandemic enters a deadly second wave.
President-elect Joe Biden’s goal of delivering 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine within the first 100 days of his presidency “is absolutely a doable thing,” Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on Sunday.
An interim report of an investigation into allegations that medical aid schemes were withholding payments to some health professionals based on their race and ethnicity is expected to be released later today.
The Medical Research Council has sought to explain the reasons behind local scientists experiencing difficulties in developing a vaccine against the coronavirus, saying a lack of funding is a major factor in hindering the process.
A unit of the new Astravets nuclear power plant in Belarus was taken offline on Saturday during testing procedures after the generator protection system was triggered, the Belarus energy ministry said.