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Study: Aspirin shows promising results in Covid-19 patients

CAPE TOWN - A recently published study in the journal Anesthesia and Analgesia shares the discoveries of researchers who found low-doses of aspirin could potentially benefit Covid-19 patients suffering from severe symptoms. The study was led by Jonathan H. Chow, MD, an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Maryland ...
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The rare Chilean tree that could help end the pandemic

CAPE TOWN - The rare soapbark tree found in Chile has been found to produce important compounds that could boost the body's reaction vaccines possibly assisting the efficacy of the Covid-19 vaccine. As the development of various Covid-19 vaccines continues and the world awaits a complete and official vaccine, researchers ...
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Inhalable Covid-19 antibody eliminates virus in animals

CAPE TOWN - A biopharmaceutical company has developed an inhalable COVID-19 antibody that elimated the coronavirus in infected hamsters. As the world still awaits the final development of the Covid-19 vaccine, scientists continue seeking new breakthroughs on possible treatments for thenovel coronavirus. Aridis Pharmaceuticals - a biopharmaceutical company that focuses ...
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UN launches campaign to combat Covid-19 misinformation

CAPE TOWN - #PledgetoPause is a campaign by the UN aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19 misinformation. During the early days of the pandemic, wild conspiracy theories began sprouting online about the virus.Several months later into the pandemic, covid-19 misinformation is spreading at almost the same rate as the ...
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Early trials of Chinese Covid-19 vaccine shows promise

CAPE TOWN- A vaccine against Covid-19 is urgently needed to prevent further waves, which is why scientists and researchers around the world are working on 42 candidate vaccines in clinical evaluation and 151 candidate vaccines in preclinical evaluation. An experimental inactivated coronavirus vaccine has appeared to be safe and triggered ...
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WHO supports waiver of IP rights for Covid-19 medicine

CAPE TOWN -  The World Health Organisation (WHO) has thrown its weight behind South Africa and India’s bid to ease intellectual property agreements that might pose a challenge to gain access to Covid-19 vaccine, once it is available. "WHO welcomes South Africa’s and India’s recent proposal to WTO to ease ...
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Proteins in tobacco is key ingredient in Covid-19 vaccine

CAPE TOWN - Biotech company is producing key proteins found in the tobacco plant, Nicotiana benthamiana, for use in Covid-19 vaccines. As the Covid-19 pandemic continues and the world awaits the development of an official Covid-19 vaccine, many scientists and researchers are taking to learn more about the novel coronavirus ...
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What is needed in Covid-19 vaccine for the elderly

CAPE TOWN - Covid-19 poses a greater risk to the elderly with fears of the vaccine less effective for the age group, scientists hopeful that anti-ageing medication may boost the vaccine in older people. As the human body ages the immune system deteriorates losing its vigour over time, this is ...
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Old age homes show decline in Covid-19 cases

CAPE TOWN -While old age homes in the Western Cape have shown a decline in Covid-19 cases, there’s also been a steady increase in recoveries. Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, said in a statement that the current number of older persons in facilities now stands at seven ...
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Healthy young people last in line to get Covid-19 vaccine

CAPE TOWN - Healthy young people will be last in line to receive the coronavirus vaccine. A top official from the World Health Organization (WHO) said priority will be given to the elderly and other vulnerable groups first. Speaking at a WHO social media event, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, WHO’s chief ...
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Eli Lilly’s Covid-19 antibody trial paused over safety concern

CAPE TOWN- US pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and Co said on Tuesday that the clinical trial of its Covid-19 antibody treatment has been paused due to a potential safety concern. The government-sponsored clinical trial was designed to test the benefits of the therapy on hundreds of people hospitalized with Covid-19 ...
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Clicks to offer 15 minute Covid-19 antibody test

CAPE  TOWN -From next week, Clicks clinics across the country will offer Covid-19 antibody tests with results available in 15 minutes. A number of companies have received licenses to import the tests and will be distributing them in South Africa. ALSO SEE: WATCH: THE ROLE OF SCIENCE DURING A GLOBAL ...
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Norway to provide free Covid-19 vaccine for citizens

CAPE TOWN- Norway will provide a vaccine against the coronavirus to all citizens free of charge once it becomes available, the government said on Tuesday, and municipalities and hospitals will be reimbursed for the costs of carrying out vaccinations The Norwegian government has proposed to set aside a total of ...
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WHO says herd immunity is an ‘unethical’ Covid-19 strategy

CAPE TOWN- The World Health Organization (WHO) chief has warned world leaders against using the principle of “herd immunity” to stem the Covid-19 pandemic as it is scientifically and ethically problematic. Director-General of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said during a press briefing in Geneva on Monday that, “herd immunity ...
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Covid-19 vaccine trials paused after participant falls ill

CAPE TOWN - U.S. drug maker Johnson & Johnson announced on Monday, that it has paused the clinical trials for its Covid-19 vaccine candidate after an unexplained illness by a participant. Johnson & Johnson had just launched its wide scale testing of its single-dose experimental vaccine. The trial involves 60,000 ...
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American man catches Covid-19 twice within 48 days

CAPE TOWN- Medical experts and researchers are raising several questions about immunity to coronavirus and how long the immune responses protect the host from reinfection. A 25-year-old man from Nevada in the United States was reinfected with Covid-19 48 days after his initial positive test. The man has since recovered ...
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New study: Covid-19 reinfections may be more severe

CAPE TOWN - It is still not at all clear how long Covid-19 antibodies last. This development comes after a research paper released on Tuesday, confirming it is possible to catch the potentially deadly disease more than once. A study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal revealed that Covid-19 ...
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Universal Health Coverage more urgent than ever, says UN

CAPE TOWN - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the “utterly inadequate health systems” around the world. Guterres said the failure to respond adequately to the outbreak is going to reverse human advancement and well-being for the first time since the UN started measuring them in ...
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CDC reports new syndrome that may be linked to Covid-19

CAPE TOWN - CDC recently reported a rare multisystem inflammatory syndrome found in children (MIS-C) is now found in adults too, called MIS-A. As the world continues to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, researchers and scientists continue to find repercussions of the novel virus with early reports on a new multisystem ...
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Sunshine Vitamin: The importance of Vitamin D and Covid-19

CAPE TOWN - Researchers look into the important role Vitamin D plays in the fight against Covid-19 with several other studies finding vitamin D deficiency linked to severe symptoms. As we await the full development of the Covid-19 vaccine, many are looking at supplements and vitamins to bolster their immune ...
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