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MRC reports staggering increase in deaths

26 Jan 2021
According to the latest report from the Medical Research Council (MRC) the number of excess deaths in the second week of January is more than double last winter’s peak.
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  Ascendis hints it may be able to hold onto crown jewel Remedica

26 Jan 2021
Health group Ascendis, which is dealing with a debt pile about 20 times its market capitalisation, may be able to hold on to its prized Remedica business after two private equity firms offered an alternative to disposal, reported BusinesLIVE (25 January 2021).
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Covid-19 to impact NHI implementation

25 Jan 2021
In opening the recent ANC national executive lekgotla, Pres Cyril Ramaphosa indicated that the government might not be able to achieve everything it planned, due to the pandemic.
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Discovery denies racial profiling in members’ letter

25 Jan 2021
Discovery Health has published a letter to its members in which it says there was no racial discrimination in its fraud, waste and billing abuse (FWA) processes. According to the letter a minority of health practitioners act dishonestly, and their racial demographics are coincidental.
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State will afford vaccine

25 Jan 2021
According to Adrian Gore, chairperson of the Covid-19 vaccine acquisition task team the SA government will be able to cover between 60% and 70% of the cost of the vaccination programme, and the rest was dependent on negotiations with the private sector, which included medical aid companies. ( City Press (24 January 2021).
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Government has secured 21-m doses of vaccine

25 Jan 2021

“While not a single dose of the vaccine has arrived in SA as yet, countries like Poland, Turkey, Serbia and Chile have all started inoculating last week. Even Isle of Man, with a population of 84 000 has received its first stock” wrote News24 editor Adriaan Basson (25 January 2021) 
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Biovac to distribute vaccines to SA healthcare workers – 21 January 2021

24 Jan 2021
SA pharmaceutical company Biovac Institute has been contracted by the government to import, store and distribute coronavirus vaccines for front-line health-care workers, according to a letter from the National Treasury.
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A FIT alternative to colonoscopy comes home in the US

24 Jan 2021

The much-feared colonoscopy is increasingly been replaced in the US by FIT, the faecal immunochemical test, an at-home test that is as reliable as the traditional screening, health experts say, and more agreeable, according to an article in  The New York Times.
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SA and India press for IP waiver for Covid-19 drugs at WTO

20 Jan 2021
SA and India argued in favour of a waiver of intellectual property (IP) rights on COVID-19 drugs and vaccines at a closed-door meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) on January 18, reported Reuters.
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Report finds no evidence of explicit racial bias

20 Jan 2021
The three-member investigation panel into racial profiling, chaired by Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, found no evidence of explicit racial bias in the algorithms and methods schemes and administrators used to identify healthcare practitioners who had potentially done wrong, reported Tamar Kahn (20 January 2021). The investigation was launched in 2019 after complaints by black medical practitioners that they were being unfairly targeted
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GEMS loses court bid to block report

19 Jan 2021
On January 19, Pretoria High Court Judge Colleen Collis found against an urgent legal bid by GEMS and BHF to interdict the release of an interim report by Tembeka Ngcukaitobi’s on the alleged racial profiling of black, coloured and Indian medical practitioners by medical schemes.
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New variant is 50% more transmissible

19 Jan 2021
According to Professor Salim Abdool Karim, chairman of the ministerial advisory committee on Covid-19, the coronavirus variant (501Y.V2) - detected in SA in mid-December - is about 50% more transmissible than older lineages but there is no evidence that it leads to more severe disease.
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Coronavirus second wave surges across Africa

19 Jan 2021

A growing coronavirus second wave is threatening to overwhelm fragile healthcare systems across Africa, reported The Financial Times (17 January 2021)


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Hospital groups recruit volunteers amid second wave

19 Jan 2021
On January 14, Fin24 reported that some of SA’s biggest hospital groups - Mediclinic, Life Healthcare and Netcare - are recruiting volunteers and retired employees, to help them cope with increasing Covid-19 cases and staff shortages, reported Fin24 (14 January 2021).
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COVID-19: The big wave is coming

09 Jun 2020

“It is only a matter of time before the rest of South Africa reaches the surge in COVID-19 coronavirus cases currently being experienced in the Western Cape, experts warn,” reported City Press (7 June 2020).


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