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Violent protests disrupt vaccine rollout for the elderly in the Free State

Violent protests over poor service delivery disrupted the phase two rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine in the Free State ...

By Shonisani Tshikalange and ALEX PATRICK

Phase two vaccine rollout for elderly started 'reasonably well': Mkhize

The number of people vaccinated at old age homes on Monday still needs to be captured.

By TimesLIVE

Union questions 'slow start' to phase two of Covid-19 vaccine rollout

'We are losing lives and the healthcare workers are on the front line. They are not just statistics.'

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Really want to halt viruses? Fix indoor air like the Victorians fixed water

Instead of obsessing on ineffective measures like hand-washing, overhaul aircons, say world’s top experts

By Jason Gale

Big hugs are in order after long-isolated grannies get their jabs at last

It’s been a long drought of no physical contact, but that is about to change with SA’s second-phase rollout

By Paul Ash, Graeme Hosken and Naledi Shange

'Thank you sister!' Desmond and Leah Tutu kick off Covid-19 jab for the ...

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah were among the first elderly people to be inoculated as the Western ...

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LISTEN | There’s nothing new or anything to fear on vaccines, says Rev ...

Reverend Frank Chikane on Monday said he had heeded the call to come in for his Covid-19 vaccination as he was hoping ...

Smooth start to vaccinations at Ekurhuleni frail care centre

Jill Fraser, one of the first people to receive a Covid-19 vaccine at the Zanele Mbeki Frail Care Centre in Nigel, ...

Ernest Mabuza
Journalist

Tshwane doctor confident the vaccine rollout will be a success

With a target of vaccinating 468 people over the age of 60 a day, Dr Mpho Shabangu is confident the programme will be a ...

Graeme Hosken
Senior reporter

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Health officials on hand to monitor for vaccine side-effects

After two hours of waiting to get his jab, 66-year-old Tommy Harris said he was relieved he would be able to go out to ...

Clicks and Dis-Chem offering Covid-19 vaccines: what you need to know

SA pharmaceutical groups Dis-Chem and Clicks have announced plans to offer Covid-19 vaccines at their retail outlets.

'I could run a race right now': Tembisa gran after getting Covid-19 vaccine

This granny was elated after getting her Covid-19 jab — and urged other elderly people to register to get vaccinated.

COVID-19 NEWS

Turning point in SA's 14-month fight against Covid-19: Vaccine rollout ...

“In respect of Covid-19, vaccination is the best health policy, it is the best social policy, and it is the best ...

Paul Ash
Senior reporter

Phase 2 of vaccine rollout: here are five important things you should know

Health minister Zweli Mkhize says elderly citizens living in old age homes will be registered and vaccinated at the ...

Elderly woman paints a positive picture as she receives vaccine

"I have to live on to see my family grow — I plan to do that," said Ethelwyn van Eck, 84, as she received her Covid-19 ...

COVID-19 NEWS

'This is the best way of being safe': Pretoria man, 72, lines up for ...

It was all systems go at Pretoria’s FF Ribeiro Clinic, where scores of the city’s elderly and health workers queued for ...

Graeme Hosken
Senior reporter

North West allows walk-ins for this phase of Covid-19 vaccinations

A door-to-door campaign aimed at assisting in the registration for Covid-19 vaccinations will be rolled out in the ...

Soccer boss Irvin Khoza queues for Covid-19 vaccine

Orlando Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza is among the senior citizens who will be vaccinated at Munsieville Centre for the ...

COVID-19 NEWS

Gauteng plans to inoculate 1.3 million elderly citizens in second phase of ...

The Gauteng health department said it was hoping to vaccinate just over 1.3 million people over the age of 60 during ...

Northern Cape ready for any eventuality during second phase of vaccine ...

Northern Cape health MEC Maruping Lekwene on Sunday said he was concerned about the increasing number of Covid-19 ...

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter

Free State ready to vaccinate vulnerable citizens

Free State health MEC Montseng Tsiu on Sunday said the province was ready to vaccinate more than 288,000 of its ...

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

Cape Town gets a boost in its campaign to dispel vaccination myths

Authorities in Cape Town have now launched an awareness campaign to debunk misinformation about the Covid-19 vaccine.

SA records more than 3,000 new Covid-19 cases in 24 hours for second ...

More than 3,000 new Covid-19 infections were recorded in a 24-hour period for the second straight day, health minister ...

By TimesLIVE

As Covid-19 numbers rise, officials try to stem panic of a third wave

Dr Suhayl Essa, who works in public hospitals in Gauteng, said Covid-19 cases were now climbing.

Paul Ash
Senior reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

Fungal infections might be dangerous for Covid-19 patients with severe ...

Covid-19 patients with severe symptoms in intensive care units are at risk of contracting an invasive fungal infection ...

There were vaccine queue jumpers but no widespread fraud, says Western ...

According to Dr Keith Cloete, individuals who potentially took advantage of the situation did not commit "widespread ...

Cape Town gets a boost in its campaign to dispel vaccination myths

Authorities in Cape Town have now launched an awareness campaign to debunk misinformation about the Covid-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 NEWS

SA not in third wave yet, says NICD — but here are provinces at risk

Here is what you need to know about the increase in Covid-19 cases.

Thuli Madonsela on Covid-19 third wave: Let’s hang in there, vaccines are ...

The former public protector said we should all be proactive to prevent a third wave of Covid-19 infections.

Kyle Zeeman
Digital Editor

Covid-19 vaccine rollout will begin at private sector sites on May 24

The next stage of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout starts on Monday at state facilities, while those hoping to get the jab ...

By TimesLIVE

COVID-19 NEWS

SA's Covid-19 death toll among worst in world, far higher than official ...

A SAMRC report says the excess death rate per 100,000 population for SA was 258 over the past 12 months. This places ...

By Reuters

Billionaire offers R3bn to help SA develop vaccines

Patrick Soon-Shiong, a SA-born American transplant surgeon, billionaire businessman, bioscientist, and media mogul, has ...

By TimesLIVE

Health head notes 'worrying' attempts to jump Covid-19 vaccination queue

'Nobody should be jumping the queue. We should all be adhering to rules, people must wait their turn.'

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

Health head notes 'worrying' attempts to jump Covid-19 vaccination queue

'Nobody should be jumping the queue. We should all be adhering to rules, people must wait their turn.'

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

Online entertainment, cooking classes, clothing & groceries drive ...

Online retail in SA more than doubled in just two years, thanks to the explosion in demand for home deliveries brought ...

By TimesLIVE

Act now to prevent third wave, NICD warns as new Covid-19 infections rise

Concerns about sustained increases of coronavirus cases across 7 provinces.

By TimesLIVE

COVID-19 NEWS

St John's and Krugersdorp High closed temporarily after Covid-19 cases ...

Two Gauteng schools have been closed after Covid-19 cases were detected.

SA records 2,759 new Covid-19 cases in 24 hours

There were 2,759 new Covid-19 cases recorded across SA in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of infections ...

By TimesLIVE

'Don't drop your guard': Liquor traders plead for compliance over fear ...

'Another ban would put many taverns out of business for good,' National Liquor Traders Council spokesperson Lucky ...

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

Afrikaans-speaking families and youth most sceptical of Covid-19 vaccines

A new study has found that individuals who trust social media as an information source were significantly more likely ...

EXPLAINER | Here's why your teen should get the Covid-19 vaccine

The following information should help parents deciding whether to inoculate their adolescent children.

By Reuters

Of SA jobs lost, only a quarter were due to lockdown itself: experts

UCT study finds that other pandemic-related factors, particularly affecting the most vulnerable, had far more of a role

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

Sisonke vaccine project reaches nearly 19,000 health workers in single day

Sisonke teams across the country are working flat-out to meet their target of vaccinating 500,000 healthcare workers by ...

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer

Pupil literacy suffered for both home language and English during Covid-19

SA’s primary schoolchildren who attended no-fee schools last year learnt between 50% to 75% less than what they ...

Prega Govender
Journalist
Business

Covid-19 | In conversation with Discovery Life’s chief medical officer

SPONSORED | Dr Maritha van der Walt shares her clinical perspective

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Vaccines attitudes and learning losses revealed in latest SA income ...

The fourth and latest Nids-Cram study on the impact of Covid-19 on national incomes reveals what South Africans think ...

By NIDS-CRAM researchers

New variants will spread fast so don’t be complacent: Prof Abdool Karim

The Covid-19 variants detected in SA could spread “quite quickly” and no-one should become complacent, Prof Salim ...

Iavan Pijoos
Journalist

Just over 1,500 new Covid-19 cases recorded in SA in 24 hours

SA is on the verge of 1.6 million total Covid-19 cases, with 1,548 new cases recorded in the past 24 hours.

By TimesLIVE

COVID-19 NEWS

Undertakers threaten to intensify strike and shut down all home affairs ...

Aggrieved Gauteng funeral parlours say they will intensify their protest from Tuesday and “shut down” all home affairs ...

Call for restrictions amid fears of Covid-19 third wave

The ministerial advisory committee on Covid-19 has called for stricter restrictions on people coming into SA as the ...

By Lindile Sifile and Penwell Dlamini

Four things you need to know: Covid-19 variants detected in India and UK ...

Here is what you need to know about the new Covid-19 variants.

COVID-19 NEWS

LINDIWE MAZIBUKO | Let Covid-19's coping mechanisms hasten the basic ...

It seems a lifetime ago that global public policy debates around the implementation of a universal basic income (UBI) ...

By Lindiwe Mazibuko

‘This precious little human gave me my strength back’

On the day four months ago that Dellisa Moodley became a mother, giving birth to a son, Atreus, in a Durban hospital, ...

Nivashni Nair
Senior reporter

LISTEN | All eyes on the lab to see if Indian variant has landed in SA

SA will know this week whether the B.1.617 variant associated with the deadly new Covid wave in India is present in the ...

Orrin Singh
Reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

Covid-19 variants of concern detected in SA

The health department on Saturday evening confirmed that two Covid-19 variants of concern have been detected in SA.

Iavan Pijoos
Journalist

Q&A with chairperson of the vaccine advisory committee, prof Barry ...

There are fears that an Indian coronavirus variant wreaking havoc in that country has entered SA. Chris Barron asked ...

By Chris Barron

Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine for SA has '95% success rate'

The Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, 325,000 doses of which landed in Johannesburg this week, offers 95% protection against ...

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer

COVID-19 NEWS

We'll vaccinate 67% of population in 21 days — Mpumalanga health MEC ...

Mpumalanga health MEC Sasekani Manzini says the province will need only 21 days to vaccinate 67% of its population for ...

Mandla Khoza
Freelance journalist

EDITORIAL | Government must act now or SA will be another India

Mkhize may tell us not to panic, but what else can we do when he appears completely indifferent to the threat we face?

Saints won’t be marching onto rugby fields after Covid kicks ball out of ...

St John’s College has cancelled all sporting fixtures for the next 10 days as 260 pupils go into quarantine

Prega Govender
Journalist

COVID-19 NEWS

Women hit by ‘triple burden’ during lockdown — and this is how to cope

Women have borne the brunt of the lockdown at home, says a corporate wellness expert.

Tourism goes cold as popular shisanyama, Mzoli's Place, closes its doors

This Cape Town shisanyama was the heart of the township and an incredible attraction for international visitors and ...

Officials testing for Covid-19 strain from India, Mkhize confirms

There are no known cases in SA of the B.1.617 Covid-19 variant, but several people are having their positive samples ...

Matthew Savides
Night news editor

COVID-19 NEWS

Global leadership required to fight pandemics: Cyril Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for efforts to “accelerate” universal health coverage to overcome the coronavirus ...

‘How quickly can we roll them out?’ — Health products regulator on ...

As SA prepares for the second phase of the vaccine rollout, SA Health Products Regulatory Authority chair Prof Helen ...

Indian cargo ship 'quarantined' in Durban, 14 crew tested for Covid-19

An Indian cargo bulk carrier which docked in Durban harbour on Sunday is being quarantined after a crew member died ...

By Orrin Singh and Suthentira Govender

COVID-19 NEWS

Government on 'high alert' for new Covid-19 variant from India: Mkhize

The government is on "high alert" for the Covid-19 variant currently circulating in India, health minister Dr Zweli ...

Matthew Savides
Night news editor

Half of South Africans gained weight as they stress ate through all the ...

Half of South Africans gained weight during the Covid-19 pandemic, with 69% of them now bordering on obese, according ...

Crew on two vessels test positive for Covid-19 at Gqeberha port

At least 16 crew members from two vessels docked at the Gqeberha harbour have tested positive for Covid-19.

By Michael Kimberley

COVID-19 NEWS

Alarm raised over 'notable increases' in Gauteng's Covid-19 cases

The Gauteng health department on Monday raised the alarm over "notable increases" in the number of new Covid-19 cases ...

Third Covid-19 wave full of unknowns, but more than 70,000 could die

These figures, which include Covid-19 deaths in and out of hospital, are according to the latest model by the South ...

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

SA religious and aid bodies offer a helping hand to Covid-hit India

The SA Hindu Maha Sabha, a governing body for Hindus, has stepped up to provide assistance to India with the donation ...

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

First batch of Pfizer vaccines expected in SA by midnight on Sunday

The first batch of Pfizer vaccines - 325,260 doses - is expected to arrive in SA shortly before midnight on Sunday amid ...

By TimesLIVE

Wuhan music festival: Thousands watch live acts in city where Covid-19 ...

Revellers in Wuhan danced, bounced and screamed as some of their favourite acts took to the stage in the city where ...

By Martin Quin Pollard

Education department still considering normal five-day schooling for all ...

The department of basic education is considering the possibility of allowing all primary school pupils to return to ...

COVID-19 NEWS

India's Covid-19 daily cases hold close to record, another state imposes ...

India's new coronavirus cases dipped marginally on Sunday but deaths due to the infection jumped by a record 3,689, ...

By Reuters

SA students witness horror of Covid-19's grim toll on India

It is like a movie playing out in real life, only this is no Bollywood drama. This is how Mikaila Chetty from Durban ...

Nivashni Nair
Senior reporter

Concern at Covid-19 toll in three provinces

The Northern Cape, the Free State and North West have the highest rates of new Covid infections and deaths, professor ...

By Claire Keeton and Suthentira Govender

COVID-19 NEWS

Green light for pregnant and breastfeeding women to get J&J vaccine

Pregnant women are at higher risk of severe Covid-19 compared with women of childbearing age who are not pregnant.

By TimesLIVE

Black Sash, others call for extension of Covid-19 grant to basic income ...

Social development minister Lindiwe Zulu has asked National Treasury to extend the grant.

Ernest Mabuza
Journalist

SA is likely to experience third wave in winter, says Prof Abdool Karim

SA is likely to experience a third wave of Covid-19 infections during winter, when temperatures drop and people's ...

COVID-19 NEWS

Citing 'stunning progress' on coronavirus, Biden lifts outdoor mask ...

Fully vaccinated people can safely engage in outdoor activities like walking and hiking without wearing masks but ...

By Manojna Maddipatla

Amnesty International slams SA for violating citizens’ rights under ...

South Africa’s government has come under sharp criticism on Freedom Day from international human rights organisation ...

Graeme Hosken
Senior reporter

Medical supplies flow into India as Covid-19 deaths near 200,000

Vital medical supplies poured into India on Tuesday as hospitals starved of life-saving oxygen and beds turned away ...

By Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Rupam Jain and Sanjeev Miglani

COVID-19 NEWS

South Africans are cutting back on food, healthcare and data to survive

South Africans with little or no income are finding it increasingly harder to get by, with many cutting back on ...

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

J&J Covid-19 vaccine study to resume on Wednesday

Reuters reports that a research study in SA further evaluating Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine in the field will ...

By Alexander Winning

Publisher Nadia Goetham succumbs to Covid-19 complications

An outpouring of tributes for beloved book publisher Nadia Goetham are being shared after her family confirmed she died ...

By TimesLIVE

COVID-19 NEWS

Braamfontein venue owner to be questioned after partygoers appear to flout ...

Police are investigating a club owner following a massive street party in Braamfontein on Saturday.

KZN premier Sihle Zikalala pleads with citizens to observe Covid-19 ...

The KwaZulu-Natal government says it is concerned that many citizens have lowered their guard on Covid-19 protocols ...

We can take precautions now to keep third wave at bay, but we must prepare ...

Based on the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in other countries, an SA expert predicts SA’s third wave could be 25% ...

COVID-19 NEWS

Military doctors were right: WhatsApp is not right for orders to deploy

A military court has exonerated 12 medical members who refused to be deployed on a Covid-19 operation in 2020.

Anyone with side effects from Covid-19 vaccine can report it here

A mobile app to report suspected adverse drug reactions, including to the Covid-19 vaccine, has been launched in SA.

By TimesLIVE

Education department mulling pupils’ return to classes full-time

The department of education is locked in a meeting to discuss the return of pupils to school on a full-time basis.

Orrin Singh
Reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

Covid-19 school closures pose a big threat to learning gains

The pandemic meant children spent little time in the classroom in 2020, threatening proper development of numeracy and ...

By Zandile Bangani

No clarity on private sector price for Covid-19 vaccines in SA

The government has yet to finalise a pricing structure for the private sector, leaving medical schemes and health-care ...

By Tamar Kahn

Covid-19 update shows most active cases are in KwaZulu-Natal

There were 130 Covid-19 related deaths recorded on Tuesday in SA, the health department confirmed.

By TimesLIVE

COVID-19 NEWS

SA's vaccine compensation fund could cost R250-million in first year

The South African government's compensation fund to cover potential injuries from Covid-19 vaccines could cost around ...

By Alexander Winning

No ifs or butts about it, Covid stress has driven many back to smoking

While SA saw a dip in smoking during the ban, there has also been a drop in the number of people wanting to quit

Sahpra lifts suspension on J&J vaccines with 'conditions'

The SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) has recommended that the temporary pause on the rollout of the ...

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

Covid-19: Call for return of all primary school children

The department of basic education is considering allowing all primary school pupils to return to class full-time ...

Prega Govender
Journalist

BUSISIWE MEMELA-KHAMBULA | Year of achieving the impossible leaves Sassa, ...

Tomorrow will be one year since President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a R500bn stimulus package in response to the ...

By Busisiwe Memela-Khambula

EDITORIAL | Vaccine rollout could show the way to a health system that ...

Health minister Zweli Mkhize's detailed announcement about the imminent rollout of SA's stalled Covid-19 vaccination ...

By Sunday Times Editorial

COVID-19 NEWS

Son's PPE deal dogs ANC chief whip Pemmy Majodina

ANC chief whip Pemmy Majodina, one of the party's most senior deployees in parliament, is embroiled in a scandal over ...

Andisiwe Makinana
Political correspondent

TULIO DE OLIVEIRA | 501Y.V2 gave us a bad name, but it could be to our ...

The 501Y.V2 Covid variant has been called the South African variant. However, we are not sure it even arose in SA, ...

By TULIO DE OLIVEIRA

Eyes a key frontier in keeping Covid-19 at bay — but there's a downside

Good eye protection has probably been under-appreciated in preventing Covid-19 infections, according to a recent paper ...

Paul Ash
Senior reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

Covid-19 vaccine: Blood-clot risk rarer than a double lightning strike

You have a greater chance of being struck by lightning - twice - than getting a blood clot from a Covid-19 vaccine.

By Claire Keeton and Tanya Farber

Q&A with Sahpra chairperson Helen Rees on J&J vaccine pause

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority suspended authorisation of the J&J vaccine being used on ...

By Chris Barron

IVAN TUROK | Post-Covid cities can only be saved by reinvention and ...

With the prospect of a third wave looming larger, it is worth remembering that Covid-19 is not the first disaster to ...

By Ivan Turok

COVID-19 NEWS

This pandemic is a long way from over, Covid-19 experts agree

SA among highest death rates in the world, says professor Shabir Madhi.

By Tanya Farber and Claire Keeton

SA records 1,400 new Covid-19 cases, 90 deaths in the past 24 hours

SA recorded 1,424 new Covid-19 cases and 92 deaths in the past 24 hours, health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said.

By TimesLIVE

'No reason for widespread concern' over vaccines and rare clots, say MRC ...

The risk of developing extremely rare blood clots after a Covid-19 vaccination is much lower than the risk of clotting ...

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer

COVID-19 NEWS

People 60 and older can register for Covid-19 vaccine from Friday

Health minister Zweli Mkhize hailed this as a significant milestone not only for the country's vaccination campaign but ...

If you are 60 and over, here is how you can register for a vaccination

Phase 2 of the vaccine rollout is expected to begin on May 17.

Number of people to get Pfizer jab in SA increased by five million: here's ...

Health minister Zweli Mkhize said the number of people who will receive the Pfizer vaccine in SA increased from 10 ...

COVID-19 NEWS

Public called on to urgently comment on draft regulations for Covid-19 fund

The national department of health is urgently calling for the public to comment on draft regulations for the ...

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter

Delays in R350 Covid-19 grant payment due to 'transitioning' glitch: Sassa

The South African Social Security Agency says there will be a delay in the R350 Covid-19 grant payment in March and ...

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter

Gauteng carers benefit as company agrees to donation over 'excessive ...

A Tembisa-based charity caring for orphans and the poor will receive donations of essential goods worth more than ...

By TimesLIVE

COVID-19 NEWS

SA youth urged to pursue health jobs as shortage of skilled workers is ...

South Africa's youth are being called on to pursue healthcare skills and professions as the country is projected to ...

Orrin Singh
Reporter

Nearly 1,400 new Covid-19 cases and 73 deaths recorded in 24 hours: Mkhize

There were 1,372 new Covid-19 cases and 73 deaths recorded across SA in the past 24 hours, health minister Dr Zweli ...

By TimesLIVE

Shot in the arm: Cape health workers swap jab hesitancy for hope

The province’s head of health says attitudes towards vaccines have changed after just two weeks

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

1,600 new Covid-19 cases and 75 deaths recorded in SA in 24 hours

SA recorded 1,599 new Covid-19 cases and 75 deaths in the past 24 hours, health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said on ...

By TimesLIVE

Petition calls for Ramaphosa to extend and increase R350 social grant to ...

Former public protector Thuli Madonsela has joined many calling for President Cyril Ramaphosa, finance minister Tito ...

Moderna vaccine booster jab shows strong promise against ‘SA variant’

A multivalent Covid-19 jab developed by US vaccine manufacturer Moderna has shown promising results against the ...

Paul Ash
Senior reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

J&J vaccine data will be reviewed over a few days, no concern in SA to ...

The SA Health Products Regulatory Authority says no major safety concerns have been identified in the country so far ...

By TimesLIVE

IN QUOTES | Vaccinations, precautions & scientific evidence: Zweli ...

The temporary suspension of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine rollout in SA is a precautionary measure until the causal ...

By Cebelihle Bhengu

J&J vaccinations and blood clots - what you need to know

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine rollout has been “provisionally” suspended in SA following an investigation of a possible ...

COVID-19 NEWS

Nearly 850 new Covid-19 cases, 68 deaths recorded in 24 hours: Mkhize

About two hours after announcing that SA had halted its rollout of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine, health ...

By TimesLIVE

Medical aids won’t be sourcing vaccines privately or subsidising ...

They say procurement must be left to the state, adding that bankrolling jabs for those without medical aids is illegal

Paul Ash
Senior reporter

EDITORIAL | It’s a cruel blow, but SA has to follow expert vaccine advice

As SA faces curveballs in the vaccine rollout, the difficulty is to find the balance between risk and rationality

COVID-19 NEWS

SA to halt J&J vaccines as a precaution over 'unusual blood clot' fears

SA will suspend the rollout of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine over blood clot fears, health minister Dr Zweli ...

Nivashni Nair
Senior reporter

EXPLAINER: How worried should we be about blood clots linked to ...

US regulators have recommended pausing the use of Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine as they investigate rare blood ...

By Ludwig Burger, Matthias Blamont and John Miller

'Covid is a wake-up call': Black entrepreneurs aim to level playing field

Unable to get a bank loan when she moved from Nigeria to the United States, Abbey Wemimo's mother was forced to borrow ...

By Emma Batha

COVID-19 NEWS

Covid-19: Low risk for third wave in SA - AI powered algorithm predicts

Amid fears of the possibility of the country experiencing a third wave of Covid-19 infections, models show there is a ...

By TimesLIVE

WATCH | Bheki Cele slams maskless residents in Covid-19 settlement after ...

Police minister Bheki Cele and an entourage of officers walked 4km through a new Cape Town informal settlement called ...

Anthony Molyneaux
Multimedia journalist

No hot air: nothing stops the spread of Covid-19 quite like fresh air

Relax when outdoors, say experts, with Irish analysis revealing that only one in 1,000 infections is acquired outside

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

Infections rise while fees must fall: varsities dealt another blow

Universities are forced to change tack as Covid-19 infections surge among students and staff

Prega Govender
Journalist

South Africa extends Covid-19 loan scheme deadline by three months

South Africa has extended by a further three months the deadline of a loan scheme that is central to efforts to counter ...

By Mfuneko Toyana

KZN education department concludes probe into overcrowded matric 'boot ...

The KwaZulu-Natal department of education has concluded an investigation into why dozens of matric pupils were crammed ...

Orrin Singh
Reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

Prof fires broadside at experts who called for AstraZeneca rollout in SA

It would also be a mistake to “divert precious resources, such as human vaccinator resources” and fuel the “global ...

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

Investment in digital economy key to SA's economic recovery: Ramaphosa

In a short time, SA has propelled itself from a relatively unknown destination for offshore customer service delivery ...

Covid-19: Low risk for third wave in SA - AI powered algorithm predicts

Amid fears of the possibility of the country experiencing a third wave of Covid-19 infections, models show there is a ...

By TimesLIVE

COVID-19 NEWS

SA variant may evade protection from Pfizer vaccine, Israeli study says

The coronavirus variant discovered in SA may evade the protection provided by Pfizer/BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine to ...

By Reuters

Cape Town shisanyama reignites despite Covid-19 dousing the flames

With help from Diageo SA, Sindile Kama and many others in the hospitality industry are turning things around

Orrin Singh
Reporter

DR GUGU NGUBANE | Buy-in to solidarity is key to successful vaccine rollout

The task is mammoth and to get it done requires a decisive, fast, coordinated effort and wide support

By Dr Gugu Ngubane

SA records more than 1,200 new Covid-19 cases, 53 deaths in 24 hours

Mkhize said 288,368 health workers had received their Covid-19 vaccinations by 6.30pm on Friday, which means that 4,739 ...

By TimesLIVE

Norway prime minister fined by police over Covid-19 rules violation

Norwegian police said on Friday they have fined Prime Minister Erna Solberg for breaking Covid-19 social distancing ...

By Reuters

SA probing Covid-19 'harm compensation' and vaccine passports: Mkhize

SA is considering a "no-fault compensation fund" and the introduction of Covid-19 vaccine passports, health minister Dr ...

SA passes 10-million mark for number of Covid-19 tests done

SA recorded 756 more Covid-19 infections on Wednesday, as well as 79 deaths.

By TimesLIVE

Brazil detects first case of South African variant as Covid-19 deaths soar

Brazil has recorded its first confirmed case of the highly contagious coronavirus variant discovered in South Africa, a ...

By Pedro Fonseca

Working from home or working the system?

Many South Africans in a global study say they want to work from home after the pandemic, but this could be tricky

Orrin Singh
Reporter

Pandemic shows SA urgently needs universal health care: Zweli Mkhize

One of the glaring lessons highlighted by the Covid-19 pandemic is the urgent need for universal health coverage to ...

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter

EXPLAINER | Ivermectin is legal — now what?

If you have a script from a doctor, you should be able to get ivermectin that same day, or the next day at the latest, ...

By Tania Broughton

Malnourished South Africans may be hit hardest by third wave, warns ...

Millions of malnourished South Africans may suffer severe illness if a third wave of Covid-19 infections hits SA ...

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

Stage set for 'rapid expansion' of SA's vaccination programme, says Mkhize

Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize announced on Tuesday that the deal to bring in 20 million Pfizer vaccines had been ...

By TimesLIVE

New Covid-19 variants have changed the game, vaccines will not be enough

Each time the virus replicates, there is an opportunity for a mutation to occur — and as we are already seeing around ...

By The Conversation

SA signs deal for 20 million Pfizer Covid-19 doses

SA has signed an agreement with Pfizer Inc for 20 million dual-shot Covid-19 vaccine doses, a government official told ...

By Reuters

COVID-19 NEWS

Covid-19 indicators spike in KwaNobuhle

Nelson Mandela Bay municipality's public health department has warned of a possible Covid-19 flare-up in KwaNobuhle ...

By Guy Rogers

ANALYSIS | Why you should still care about the AstraZeneca vaccine

SA's one million AstraZeneca doses have already been redistributed to 16 African countries, who received them eagerly ...

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer

PETER BRUCE | SA must fight for its place in world of Covid apartheid

A graphic in The Times in London this past week painted an unhappy picture, writes Peter Bruce.

Peter Bruce
Editor-at-large & columnist

'We need all hands on deck for vaccinations' - experts

More pharmacists should be trained to administer Covid-19 vaccines and volunteers should be brought on board to help ...

By TANYA FARBER and CLAIRE KEETON