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Zimbabwean Doctor Part of Team That Developed COVID-19 Vaccine

A Zimbabwean, who works for Pfizer which came up with the COVID-19 vaccine, says he is proud to be part of a team that delivered “this great Christmas present to the world”. In a tweet Dr. Tatenda Shopera said, “I grew up in the dusty streets of Harare (Zimbabwe) and one thing that was apparent...

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SA’s Covid-19 active cases hit 85 000, with over 10 000 new infections

South Africa recorded the highest number of new Covid-19 cases in four-and-half months on Wednesday, with Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize reporting 10 008 confirmed new infections. This has taken the number of active coronavirus cases countrywide to 85 275 and is a clear indication that the second wave surge is gaining momentum. Mkhize warned...

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One-third of patients may experience ‘long COVID’

A study has found that 32 percent of people who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 were still experiencing at least one symptom six weeks after their tests. The most common of these symptoms were fatigue, shortness of breath, and a loss of taste or smell. People with relatively mild COVID-19 usually recover within 2–3 weeks of...

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Tier 2 lockdown rules in England: the latest Covid restrictions explained

England’s new three-tier system came into effect on 2 December after the national lockdown was lifted. Non-essential shops in all areas can reopen, as can gyms, hairdressers and other personal care businesses, with the formal instruction to stay at home coming to an end. The “rule of six” will again apply for outdoor gatherings in...

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FDA panel recommends approval of Pfizer’s Covid vaccine for emergency use

A key Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted 17 to 4 with one member abstaining on Thursday to recommend the approval of Pfizer and BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine for emergency use, the last step before the FDA gives the final OK to broadly distribute the first doses throughout the United States. If the FDA accepts...

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Great efficacy claimed for another COVID-19 vaccine, this one from China

A COVID-19 vaccine made in China has outstanding efficacy data, according to a press release issued December 9 by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which has been testing the candidate in a study involving 31,000 people. UAE said that based on an interim analysis of data from that trial, it would formally “register,” or approve,...

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COVID-19 vaccine: Are consumers ready?

The proverbial light at the end of the dark tunnel of the COVID-19 pandemic is beginning to come into sight. The scientific community has made tremendous strides in getting vaccine candidates through clinical development at unprecedented speed to meet the urgent public health need. But vaccines are only useful if people take them. As discussed...

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Bill Gates says six Covid vaccines could be available by spring 2021

Bill Gates has predicted there could be as many as half a dozen Covid-19 vaccines approved and ready for distribution by the spring of 2021, as medical advancements to combat the coronavirus ramp up. “I expect that we’ll have about six vaccines approved by the first quarter,” Gates said Tuesday, speaking virtually at the Singapore...

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WHO urges stronger community role in COVID-19 vaccine rollout

As African countries gear up for COVID-19 vaccination, the World Health Organization (WHO) calls for increased collaboration with communities to enhance the uptake of vaccines once they become available. A 10-point vaccine readiness assessment tool for the 47 countries in WHO African Region finds that progress by countries in bolstering community engagement is only at...

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Zim police bust fake Covid-19 certificates ring

ABOUT 330 blank stamped fake Covid-19 certificates were recovered by police from two suspects at Chirundu Border Post, as law enforcement agents intensify operations to weed out criminals engaging in fake documents. The two suspects are Simbarashe Tsetse (24) and Freddy Katamanga (31). National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the arrests in a...

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