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Omicron severity seen masked by prior 72% case rate in SA

14 Dec 2021 /  Antony Sguazzin, Bloomberg
'The evolution of the omicron variant is coming at a very different stage of the pandemic,' Madhi said.
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SA to offer Pfizer and J&J vaccine booster doses

10 Dec 2021 /  Alexander Winning and Wendell Roelf, Reuters
Pfizer booster doses would be offered six months from a second dose and that Johnson & Johnson boosters, initially only available for health workers, would soon be available to others.

Omicron stalks SA neighbours as migrant workers return

10 Dec 2021 /  Matthew Hill, Bloomberg
Threatening to accelerate the spread of the omicron variant that’s already ignited a fourth wave of Covid-19 infections in the region. 

SA research council gets right to access vaccine data

9 Dec 2021 /  Antony Sguazzin, Bloomberg
Ending a standoff with the Department of Health.

SA to balance economy risks as virus measures weighed

9 Dec 2021 /  S'thembile Cele, Bloomberg
SA is currently in lockdown alert level 1.

Omicron might not be that bad after all

9 Dec 2021 /  Adriaan Kruger
Netcare and Mediclinic report fewer hospital admissions despite the surge in Covid-19 cases.

Omicron drives record Covid cases, positive tests in Zimbabwe

8 Dec 2021 /  Ray Ndlovu and Godfrey Marawanyika, Bloomberg
Zimbabwe reporting record daily cases and its highest ever test positivity rate.
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Omicron symptoms ‘far milder,’ Netcare CEO says

8 Dec 2021 /  Janice Kew, Bloomberg
Even as as omicron is driving up the number of people testing positive for the virus. 
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Dis-Chem gets tough on unvaccinated employees

8 Dec 2021 /  Moneyweb
Those who haven't received their shots by February will pay for weekly tests, wear N95 masks ….
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Vaccine mandates in SA: where are they most needed?

8 Dec 2021 /  Keymanthri Moodley
The debate about mandatory vaccines has reached fever pitch as efforts to contain Covid-19 accelerate.
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Scientists discover harder-to-detect version of Omicron

8 Dec 2021 /  Matthew Burgess, Bloomberg
The new lineage has about half the gene variations of the original and can’t be detected with typical screening.

SA’s Covid hospital admissions more than double

8 Dec 2021 /  Antony Sguazzin, Bloomberg
Of the 13 147 new cases recorded 64% were in Gauteng.
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Pfizer shot provides partial Omicron shield in early study

8 Dec 2021 /  Antony Sguazzin and Jason Gale, Bloomberg
Indicated a third dose may help stop the highly mutated strain.
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SA’s Biovac to start making Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in early 2022 – exec

6 Dec 2021 /  Clement Uwiringiyimana and Estelle Shirbon, Reuters
After receiving the drug substance from facilities in Europe, a Pfizer executive said on Monday.

Omicron gives new impetus to lagging SA vaccine drive

6 Dec 2021 /  Mike Cohen and S'thembile Cele, Bloomberg
The daily number of Covid-19 infections in the country has jumped five-fold over of the past week.
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