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Gaps for small apps

06 Aug 2020

According to the Harambe Entrepreneurship Alliance network, the global pandemic has had far-reaching effects for African start-ups, as between 70% and 80% of those not backed by venture capital face possible closure due to the economic crisis. – reported Financial Mail (6 August 2020).


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Finance Minister Tito Mboweni ends emergency PPE procurement

06 Aug 2020

National Treasury has ended the emergency procurement process for Personal Protective Equipment and protective clothing, saying it's back to business as usual for government suppliers, reported News24 (6 August 2020).


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Weekly death toll falls for the first time in three months

06 Aug 2020

On August 6, News24 reported that the weekly number of COVID-19 deaths in SA has fallen for the first time in three months.


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Small hospital group in the right space for NHI

05 Aug 2020

The small hospital group, RH Bophelo, which listed on the JSE in 2017, has set its sights on establishing itself as a force in the healthcare industry. RH Bophelo aims to provide affordable healthcare.


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State has yet to order generic COVID-19 drug

04 Aug 2020

Although all three SA’s private hospital groups have obtained supplies of the Indian drug manufacturer Cipla’s cut-price generic version of the coronavirus drug remdesivir, the company has not yet received orders from provincial health department, reported Business Day (4 August 2020).


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Medical scheme representative questions doctors' request for financial aid

03 Aug 2020
Last month’s proposal by the Progressive Health Forum (PHF), South African Private Practitioners Forum, South African Medical and Dental Practitioners as well as the South African Medical Research Council that medical schemes contribute financial support to doctors during COVID-19 “appears to have hit a wall”, reported Fin24 (31 July 2020). 
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Siemens health group lines up niche in cancer care

03 Aug 2020

German health group Siemens Healthineers will buy US cancer treatment device maker Varian Medical Systems for
$16.4-bn, giving it a foothold in the oncology sector, reported Business Day (3 August 2020). The takeover seeks to create a global leader in cancer-care solutions by 2025.

 


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Rich nations steal a march in securing coronavirus vaccines

03 Aug 2020

“Wealthy countries have already locked up more than a billion doses of coronavirus vaccines, raising worries that the rest of the world will be at the back of the queue in the global effort to defeat the pathogen, “ reported Bloomberg (2 August 2020).


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“Despite being heroes on Covid front line, foreign doctors are left stranded”

03 Aug 2020

In an article in the SA Medical Journal, fifth-year medical students from Stellenbosch University’s Centre for Medical Ethics and Law raised concerns aboutthe “neglect” of foreign registrars amid their duty to SA during the pandemic.


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Process to produce pan-African vaccine manufacturing under way

03 Aug 2020
At a virtual national conference on Covid-19 (31 July 2020)  Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, announced that R25-m will be invested to boost pan-African vaccine manufacturing. The first ventilators will be produced by the South African National Ventilator Project coming off the assembly line at a factory in Cape Town. 
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Telehealth could be the new normal after Covid-19

03 Aug 2020

Doctors and specialists, in particular, have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19, with consultations declining between 60% and 90%. Due to social distancing, the use of telemedicine or telehealth has grown; providing people with more affordable access to healthcare.


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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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