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Mandatory vaccinations imminent in South Africa

Following the emergence of the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus and the slower than anticipated South African take-up of vaccinations, there has been...

First firings and retrenchments of unvaccinated workers in SA

While COVID-19 vaccines are not yet mandatory in South Africa, some employers have started firing or retrenching unvaccinated employees, writes MedicalBrief. Commission for Conciliation, Mediation...

Why SA isnʼt ready for health claims on food labels

There is a sustained pressure from activists for legislation to modify many of the  negative facets of dietary and lifestyle behaviour, writes MedicalBrief. A...

SA homicides 7x global average, with sharp force the major cause of death

The Medical Research Council’s 2nd Injury Mortality Survey found that homicide in South Africa was seven times higher than the global average, accounting for...

Pandemic shows the limitations to dictating ‘good’ public behaviour

The hypothesis of the outside world and a strident international media was that Sweden’s attempt to maintain a semblance of normality in the face...

Regulating indigenous medicine may be constitutionally difficult

Proposals before the Mexican legislature to regulated and control the practice of indigenous and complementary medicine could violate the country’s constitution and international conventions,...

South Africa and Kenya ‘regressing’ on smoking reduction via excise taxes

Raising excise taxes on cigarettes is the most effective measure to reduce smoking, writes Prof Corne Van Walbeek, director of the Research Unit on...

Doctors in new turf war with pharmacists over ‘unlawful and unfair’ competition

Proposed changes to the Pharmacy Guidelines are “unlawful, unfair and not in the patients’ best interests”, says the SA Medical Association , while the...

Discovery’s move on staff vaccination adds impetus to ‘proof of vaccination’ policies

Health giant Discovery is the first JSE-listed company to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for staff, in response to “a strong moral imperative”, writes MedicalBrief. It’s...

The debate over a mandatory vaccine policy for South Africa

Last week Stellenbosch University bioethicist Prof Keymanthri Moodley argued in MedicalBrief the case for mandatory vaccines in South Africa. Two academics from the University...

Governments’ quest for ‘zero COVID’ faces increasing public resistance

Following the arrival of the Delta variant, the quest for “zero COVID” by means of lockdown is faltering, with the medical evidence ambivalent and...

COVID-19 vaccinations should be mandatory in South Africa

In recent months, the question of mandatory COVID-19 vaccination or limitations on those who choose not to be vaccinated has become a hot topic,...

Why Uganda's Human Sacrifice legislation was necessary

A major difficulty in stamping it out “human sacrifice” cases is finding and prosecuting  the shadowy people in the background who pay for or...

Report recommends occupational health and safety plan for SA

A report commissioned by the Department of Employment & Labour and the UN’s International Labour Organisation has recommended that SA develops a national policy...

Ivermectin: ‘Pitting frontline doctors against bureaucrat academic clinicians’

Given the safety profile of Ivermectin, there is nothing to lose and there is a good possibility of saving many lives and slowing the...

Diverging national vaccination policies fuel public mistrust and hesitancy

National divergences in vaccination policies may cause public trust in COVID-19 vaccines to wane and exacerbate existing hesitancy, write researchers from the London School...

Vaccine passports are about stopgap practicalities, not human rights

Privacy advocates have undercut tracing apps, while anti-maskers claiming a rights invasion have damaged an effective protection mechanism. Now, writes Prof Peter Baldwin on...

Unborn baby case offers dignity but not to all — Cause for Justice

The judgment by the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) in The Voice of the Unborn Baby case – that most parents who lose a child...

SA decision on AstraZeneca vaccine a 'potentially historical mistake'

South Africa's decision not deploy the AstraZeneca vaccine is financially expensive, poor in science, and goes against the government's own assurances that it would...

Advancing tobacco regulation for public health – New FDA initiatives

Over the past year, the US Food and Drug Administration has taken important steps towards achieving its overarching goal – a world where cigarettes...