Talking Points

July 1st, 2020 From a scientific perspective, there wasn't much merit in preventing the sale of cigarettes – there was more harm in allowing people to buy alcohol, said Shabir Madhi, professor of vaccinology at the University of the Witwatersrand and director of...

July 1st, 2020 The two-month ban on the sale of liquor brought SA’s alcohol sector to its knees, writes Katharine Child in the Financial Mail. But some form of increased regulation seems necessary. The two-month ban on the sale of alcohol spelt ruin for many...

July 1st, 2020 As coronavirus chaos has enveloped Pakistan, with hospitals overflowing, doctors dying and infections escalating at an unmanageable rate, The Guardian reports that a dangerous black market in blood plasma has emerged. The blood plasma of recovered...

June 10th, 2020 The World Health Organisation (WHO) is once again walking back one of its controversial statements, this time surrounding asymptomatic transmission of the coronavirus, reports The Hill. A top WHO official, Maria Van Kerkhove, is walking back her...

June 10th, 2020 The coronavirus pandemic will potentially create a backlog of approximately 150,000 surgical procedures, taking almost two years to eradicate, write professors Bruce Biccard and Lydia Cairncross of the University of Cape Town in Daily...
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