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February 5, 2021

Western Cape moves ahead with plans to bring its own Covid-19 vaccines to South Africa

The Western provincial Cape government says that it will push forward on plans to bring its own Covid-19 vaccines into South Africa as a contingency measure.

In a media briefing on Thursday (4 February) Western Cape premier Alan Winde said that the provincial government fully supports the national vaccine acquisition efforts.

However, he said that there are risks with using a ‘single acquisition vehicle’, especially in phases two and three of South Africa’s vaccine rollout where large numbers of vaccines would be required and have not yet been guaranteed through national procurement.

“Centralised procurement requires a contingency plan that is complementary to [...]

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January 26, 2021

Possible new combo therapy for head and neck cancer

Researchers have tested a new combination therapy that showed reduced growth of head and neck cancer in the animal-based study.

According to the researchers, head and neck cancer is the sixth most common cancer worldwide, and while effective treatments exist, sadly, cancer often returns.

“Head and neck cancer, like any cancer, is truly life-altering. Head and neck cancer could impact your throat, tongue or nose and patients often can’t swallow, talk or eat; it truly takes away some of the most social, enjoyable parts of life,” said researcher Christina Wicker from the University of Cincinnati.

“Until now, no one has examined if this drug [...]

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January 26, 2021

Key questions answered on Pfizer vaccine

The Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine has been approved after meeting stringent safety, efficacy and quality standards. Final-stage trials showed an efficacy rate of 95 per cent, making it one of the world’s leading vaccines. It is an mRNA vaccine, meaning it uses genetic information from the virus to trigger an immune response. It has been approved for all people aged 16 and above.

The first jabs are expected in late February or early March with global pressure on supply chains slightly slowing down the Australian rollout. It is expected 80,000 doses a week will be administered at first before the program ramps up during the [...]

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January 26, 2021

This young man wants you to know that diabetes is not an older person’s disease

Diagnosed in his 20s, Philasande Zungu quickly had to come to terms with living with diabetes. The initial shock has turned into a determination to educate others.

 

A young KwaZulu-Natal man has issued a warning to his fellow South Africans— if you experience a slew of symptoms such as blurred vision, frequent urination, increased thirst and hunger and general listlessness, it could be the onset of diabetes.

Thirty year-old Philasande Zungu could not believe it when these symptoms began to manifest in his late 20s. Doctors diagnosed him with diabetes in 2018.

“I couldn’t believe that at my age I have diabetes,” he said. “I thought that maybe there [...]

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