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How does Remdesivir help Covid-19 patients

CAPE TOWN- Cipla South Africa has announced that antiviral medication, Remdesivir, will soon be available in the country and it could make a difference in the management of severe Covid-19 cases. The drug manufacturer obtained authorisation from the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) to import Remdesivir under Section ...
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Cape Town to kick start primary healthcare services

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town is gearing up to kick start their clinic service following disruptions and low patient numbers due to Covid-19. According to a statement released by the city, there has been a notable decline in the number of clients accessing some of the key ...
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Cape Winelands records 85% recovery rate

CAPE TOWN –Western Cape Premier Alan Winde praised the Cape Winelands district on the work they’re doing to contain the spread of the coronavirus after recording an 85% recovery rate. The latest Covid-19 confirmed cases in the Western Cape is currently at 96 446 and a total of 83 529, ...
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WHO not sold on Russia’s Covid-19 vaccine

DURBAN - Russia's announcement that it is preparing to start a mass vaccination campaign against Covid-19, this October has not been received well by the World Health Organization (WHO). The vaccine, which is jointly developed by the Gamaleya National Research Centre for Epidemiology and Microbiology and the Main Military Clinical ...
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Covid-19 vaccine race: US makes deal for 100 million doses

CAPE TOWN- The United States (U.S) announced over the weekend it will pay $2.1 billion to two major drug companies to produce 100 million doses of an experimental Covid-19 vaccine. French pharmaceutical company Sanofi will receive more than half of the money to produce the vaccine candidate while Great Britain’s ...
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Researchers are producing faster local Covid-19 test kits

CAPE TOWN- Senior researchers from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) said with highly efficient technology they are able to produce an enzyme that can allow for a faster, one-step Covid-19 test by the end of the year. The enzyme can make one billion chemical reactions that can ...
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WC sees increase in recoveries in old age homes

CAPE TOWN -The Western Cape is starting to see a steady plateau in its infection and death rate, and the MEC for Social Development Sharna Fernandez reported an increase in recoveries at old age homes and care centres. There are a total of 300 old age homes in the Western ...
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SA’s Covid-19 epicenter plateauing

CAPE TOWN -According to recent data, South Africa’s Covid-19 epicenter the Western Cape is showing signs of plateauing. South Africa’s latest numbers show 2 873 163 tests conducted and 471 123 positive cases, with the Western Cape making up 93 737 cases and 76 835 recoveries. Meanwhile, confirmed cases in ...
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Covid-19 treatments that have shown promise

DURBAN - While there are no specific vaccines or treatments for Covid-19, some treatment trials have shown promise in helping those infected by calming an overreacting immune system or targeting the coronavirus, either by destroying it or stopping it from replicating. In a review in the British Journal of Pharmacology, ...
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Moderna could provide a billion vaccine doses in 2021

CAPE TOWN- Biotech firm Moderna who recently began its Phase 3 trial in pursuit of a coronavirus vaccine says it remains on track to be able to deliver 500 million doses per year, and possibly up to a billion doses per year, beginning in 2021. The clinical stage biotechnology company ...
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Final tests of Covid-19 vaccine gets underway

DURBAN - The final-stage testing of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., got underway on Monday with the first of 30,000 planned volunteers helping to test shots created by the U.S. government in one of several candidates in the final stretch of the ...
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Obesity increases vulnerability to Covid-19 infection

DURBAN - The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that more than 53.8%, of South Africa’s adults are overweight or obese; this is particularly concerning as a number of international studies show a link between obesity and serious Covid-19 infection. A recent study from the United Kingdom, for example, found that ...
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Geopolitics spilling over into Covid-19 vaccine race

DURBAN - Global health experts fear that the current coronavirus pandemic could lead to a geopolitical fight over vaccines that would exceed the failings over swine flu. Brad Loncar, founder of Loncar Investments, a US fund manager which runs a China-focused biotech fund says the race to develop a vaccine ...
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Smart face mask translates languages

CAPE TOWN -Face masks have become a must-have accessory for everyone across the globe, and Japanese company Donut Robots have designed the C-Mask that can transcribe and translate speech and connect to Bluetooth. Wearing face masks naturally muffles speech and makes lip ready impossible. Donut Robotics was contracted to Haneda ...
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WHO supports development of traditional medicine for Covid-19

DURBAN - The World Health Organization (WHO) and Africa Centre for Disease Control (CDC) have now formed a committee to aid African countries in the use of traditional medicine against the novel Coronavirus. In a statement, the two organisations said they joined efforts to enhance research and development efforts on ...
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WHO says 6 million new nurses needed by 2030

CAPE TOWN- The Coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the need for quality healthcare services and according to a World Health Organization (WHO) report six million more nurses are needed by 2030 to ensure healthcare standards rise again after the pandemic. The State of the World’s Nursing report indicates that a significant ...
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Three pensioners beat Covid-19

DURBAN - Three pensioners aged 83, 85 and 98, living at Essenwood Residence in Durban left quarantine at the home on Monday morning after beating Coronavirus. Two of the women spent more than two weeks, and the third the mandatory 10 days in quarantine after testing positive for the virus ...
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WATCH: Brackengate field hospital opens its doors

CAPE TOWN - Brackengate field hospital in Cape Town has been completed and accepted its first Covid-19 patients on Monday. The facility is the third field hospital in the Western Cape to open with the CTICC and Khayelitsha field hospitals to be the others. During the construction of the facility, ...
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Monoclonal antibodies could be the bridge to a Covid-19 vaccine

CAPE TOWN- While the global race to find a Covid-19 vaccine is ongoing, some scientists are looking to a different type of treatment which could be described as a “bridge” to finding the vaccine.  Monoclonal antibodies are currently being developed by several American pharmaceutical companies, such as Regeneron and Eli ...
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Scientists find 6 types of Covid-19 with different symptoms

CAPE TOWN - A recent study by Kings College London, finds 6 different types of Covid-19 with varying symptoms which will help predict patients with a higher risk of severe outcomes. The study used an app where Covid-19 patients logged their symptoms with around 1,600 users taking part in the ...
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