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Aspen’s Covid flop bodes ill for Africa vaccine-making drive

18 May 2022 /  Janice Kew, Bloomberg
The lack of orders is a 'financial failure... we will learn from it' - WHO's Abdou Salam Gueye.

Two years into the Covid disaster, where do we stand?

15 May 2022 /  Nathan Geffen and Marcus Low, GroundUp
Far fewer people are dying but the disease remains extremely serious

This vaccine could save tens of thousands of South African lives each year, but we’ll only see it in 2030

14 May 2022 /  James Stent, GroundUp
Vaccines against TB are much slower to develop than Covid ones.
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Ramaphosa to multilateral agencies: buy Covid vaccines from African providers

12 May 2022 /  Alexander Winning, Reuters
South African firm Aspen's Covid-19 vaccine manufacturing capacity is at risk because of a lack of orders.

SA’s new Covid cases cross 10 000 for first time since January

12 May 2022 /  Alexander Winning, Reuters
Health authorities have warned South Africa may be entering a fifth wave of infections driven by the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron sub-variants.

Pfizer’s African Covid shots plan threatened by low demand

12 May 2022 /  Antony Sguazzin, Bloomberg
Demand for Covid-19 vaccines has fallen globally as countries start to adapt to the pandemic.

SA cuts back Covid vaccine drive amid citizen apathy

10 May 2022 /  Antony Sguazzin and Janice Kew, Bloomberg
May have to destroy doses because of a lack of demand from citizens even as the country heads into a fifth wave of infections.
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WHO, Gavi not planning Covid vaccine buys from SA’s Aspen

9 May 2022 /  Promit Mukherjee and Jennifer Rigby, Reuters
Dealing a blow to Africa's efforts to develop its own vaccine production capacity.

Why are there so many new Omicron sub-variants, like BA.4 and BA.5?

7 May 2022 /  Sebastian Duchene and Ashleigh Porter
Will I be reinfected? Is the virus mutating faster?

Africa CDC urges Covid-19 vaccine buyers to order from Aspen

5 May 2022 /  James Macharia Chege and Estelle Shirbon, Reuters
Says it is doing everything it can behind the scenes to prevent a situation where Aspen closes its facility due to a lack of orders.
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South Africa records highest positivity rate yet of fifth wave

5 May 2022 /  Renee Bonorchis, Bloomberg
It’s possible the fifth wave will be the least onerous so far.

Vaccines effective against new Omicron subvariants, WHO chief says

4 May 2022 /  Andy Hoffman, Bloomberg
Global deaths due to Covid-19 have fallen to the lowest levels since March 2020, with about 15 000 fatalities last week, according to the WHO.
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Aspen may close Covid vaccine line within weeks as talks drag

4 May 2022 /  Janice Kew, Bloomberg
'We had counted on, and were assured, that the regional manufacturing platform was critical and would be supported,' Nicolaou said by phone.

Omicron sublineages can evade antibodies from earlier infections

1 May 2022 /  Antony Sguazzin, Bloomberg
On Saturday SA recorded 6 527 new cases and a test positivity rate of 21.5%. That compares with 581 cases and a positivity rate of 4.5% on March 28.

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