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Africa now has the shots but is struggling to administer them

After initially struggling to get vaccine supplies because of hoarding by the developed nations, the problem for Africa is now one of logistics and...

China cements medical partnerships, donates a billion vaccines

President Xi Jinping has announced that China will provide one billion COVID-19 vaccine doses to Africa. Only 7% – about 96 million – of...

Vaccine rollout: SA government has made three mistakes

The South African government has made three critical mistakes in its rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, write University of Cape Town’s Prof Nicoli Nattrass and...

Omicron: Some simple steps to deal with the new variant

Rather than outrage over travel bans, the South African government should concentrate on executing a short list of Do’s and Don’ts to deal with...

DoH’s ‘reckless’ failure to place junior doctors aggravates medical emigration

The Junior Doctors Association of SA says that foreign medical recruiters are actively recruiting South African doctors for Ireland, Canada and Australia, and the...

COVID head-scratcher: Why are head lice thriving despite physical distancing?

In theory, lice are harder to spread than the SARS-CoV-2 virus because proximity alone isnʼt enough, writes Kaiser Health News. Yet, in the US,...

From Sydney to Vienna: Restricting the unvaccinated underclass

Across the world a new crackdown is gaining pace, write The Telegraph and The New York Times. It's not about mask wearing or universal restrictions...

Spotlight investigation: Gqeberha patients must endure soiled linen

While the provision of clean linen is a widespread problem in Nelson Mandela Bay hospitals, at Livingstone Hospital it’s reached “nightmare” proportions, with patients...

Religion squeezes out medicine as Taliban take control of Afghan hospitals

In the face of medical staff work unpaid, as well as critical shortages of medicine, fuel and food, the Taliban-appointed supervisor of small district...

16 years and R2.1bn later, Kimberley Mental Health Hospital remains barely used

After 16-years under construction and R2.bn in costs, the Kimberley Mental Health Hospital, described by the Northern Cape premier as “a monument to corruption”...

100% COVID vaccination rate is possible without coercion or incentives

The Indian district of Raigarh (population 1.6m) has achieved 100% first-dose vaccination of all eligible citizens, without financial incentives or a governmental mandate, writes...

As COVAX disappoints, developing countries turn to home-grown jabs

Low- and middle-income countries are turning to home-grown vaccinations against COVID-19 as the UN-backed COVAX facility fails to deliver, reports SciDev.Net. From Egypt to Brazil,...

COVID lessons from a contrarian Sweden

Throughout the pandemic, Sweden took its own path by keeping businesses open and most children in classrooms while other countries were locking down, writes...

How to minimise the negative effects of Nigeria’s incessant strikes by doctors

Doctors’ strikes, such as those occurring regularly in Nigeria, tend to be met with public outcry and appeals for them to abide by their...

Political will: The vaccine against Big Tobacco in Africa

There is overwhelming evidence against tobacco, dating back decades, that we already have instruments to fight it in place – we just need the...

Activists: “Sugar tax is working and should be increased’

The Healthy Living Alliance (Heala) has repeated its call for the Treasury to enact its initial proposal of a 20% health promotion levy on...

Long COVID is ‘exaggerated’ and ‘overblown’

Despite a number of studies pointing to the persistence of COVID symptoms in large numbers of those who have recovered from the infection, another...

British GPs and practice staff quitting over face-to-face appointments

Senior doctors in Britain have warned that practice staff and GPs are quitting after an unprecedented wave of abuse from patients and weeks of...

COVID1-9 pandemic is the deadliest event in US history

The COVID-19 pandemic is the deadliest event in American history, with its death toll of 703,000 people surpassing that of the Civil War (620,000)...

Tanzania discards prayer and herbal concoctions in favour of vaccines

With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Tanzania’s president and health minister, rejected vaccines in favour of prayer and “natural remedies”. With the demise...

Portugal’s military key to making it the world’s most vaccinated country

Portugal is the most vaccinated country in the world with about 85% of the population fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in just nine months, and...

Public health in Africa: Neglect, dependency and now a ‘moral tragedy’

Public health in Africa has been a story of neglect and dependency, says Dr John Nkengasong, the first director of the Africa Centers for...

PANDA’s ‘misleading and pseudoscientific’ claims drive vaccine hesitancy

Actuary Nick Hudson heads PANDA, the most high-profile group driving vaccine hesitancy in South Africa, writes Nathan Geffen, editor of GroundUp. It’s been spreading...

Denmark scraps all restrictions, thanks to a COVID ‘super-weapon’

For Danes, COVID-19 is officially over. Last Friday (10 September), the country lifted all of its last pandemic restrictions, with the government having declared...

Traditional medicine ‘needs equal funding to tackle COVID’

There is an urgent need to institutionalise traditional medicine, not just to tolerate it but to give it an equal chance and research funding...

Study identifies 579 genetic locations linked to anti-social behaviour, addiction

An analysis of data from 1.5 million people has identified 579 locations in the genome associated with a predisposition to behaviours and disorders related...

Oxford Vaccine Group: Delta renders herd immunity ‘mythical’

Reaching herd immunity is “not a possibility” with the current Delta variant, says the head of Britain's Oxford Vaccine Group in a report in The...

Research turns to potential affect of COVID vaccines on menstrual cycle

While many of the side effects of a COVID vaccine are known and well publicised, thousands in the US think that they may have...

WHO’s vaccine head on why the rush for COVID booster jabs is premature

When the World Health Organization (WHO) recently called for a moratorium on giving COVID-19 booster shots except in rare circumstances, it cited vaccine inequity...

Traditional medicine ‘needs equal funding to tackle COVID’

There is an urgent need to institutionalise traditional medicine, not just to tolerate it but to give it an equal chance and research funding...

Study identifies 579 genetic locations linked to anti-social behaviour, addiction

An analysis of data from 1.5 million people has identified 579 locations in the genome associated with a predisposition to behaviours and disorders related...

Unpacking COVID vaccination's effect on fertility and sexual functioning

Rumours and myths about the COVID-19 vaccine effects on reproduction and sexual functioning have spread across social media platforms, where people swop rumours of...

Biden administration wants boosters for most people 8 months after vaccination

US President Joe Biden's administration has decided that most Americans should get a coronavirus booster vaccination eight months after they received their second shot,...

Cubaʼs health system in acute distress as COVID cases soar

Cubaʼs health care system, long a source of national pride, is in acute distress, writes The New York Times. After fending off COVID-19 last year,...

Scientists fumble for explanations as breakthrough infections rise

Medical scientists are struggling to pin down the reasons for the surprisingly high number of vaccinated people who are getting breakthrough COVID-19 infections, writes...

SAMJ: Vaccine hesitancy has little to with the rantings of a cardiac surgeon

The media, both social and otherwise, has been full of the irresponsible rantings of a well-known health professional against the COVID-19 vaccination in the...

Only Africa’s leaders can staunch Africa’s medical brain drain

Despite international interventions to staunch Africa's long existing medical brain drain, the key issue is that the continent’s leaders will have to exercise strong...

Oxford Vaccine Group: Delta renders herd immunity ‘mythical’

Reaching herd immunity is “not a possibility” with the current Delta variant, says the head of Britain's Oxford Vaccine Group in a report in The...

Research turns to potential affect of COVID vaccines on menstrual cycle

While many of the side effects of a COVID vaccine are known and well publicised, thousands in the US think that they may have...

WHO’s vaccine head on why the rush for COVID booster jabs is premature

When the World Health Organization (WHO) recently called for a moratorium on giving COVID-19 booster shots except in rare circumstances, it cited vaccine inequity...