SA Medical Association chair Angelique Coetzee steps down

Her resignation comes days after Sama distanced itself from statements she made in a January radio interview

Regulator approves emergency use of MSD’s Covid-19 pill

Emergency use of MSD’s Covid-19 pill approved, but it is unclear how widely it will be used as it will not be available for state patients

Excess death rate in SA during Covid reaches one in 25 people older than 60 years

Since May 2020, excess deaths in SA have totalled 297,847, the MRC says, while the official Covid-19 death toll on February 12 was 96,985

BA.2 Omicron variant no more severe than predecessor, study shows

Those infected with ‘stealth Omicron’ are not more likely to be hospitalised, researchers find

New Covid-19 cases near 1,100 in 24 hours

NICD also reports 257 pandemic deaths as backlog of mortality cases cleared

Charging cancer drugmaker Roche over pricing could backfire

Multinational company targeted for alleged excessive pricing of the patented breast cancer drug Herceptin

Health regulator gives nod to Sinopharm shot for Covid-19

Authorisation is based on acceptable safety, quality and efficacy data submitted by manufacturer MC Pharma, Sahpra says

Health minister appoints five-member panel to adjudicate challenge to vaccines for adolescents

Free the Children — Save the Nation has appealed the decision to approve Covid-19 vaccines for 12- to 17-year olds

Covid-19 infections were dipping but are up again to a plateau, says health minister

The change from a decline to a plateau is likely linked to the opening of schools, and human movement at the tail end of the holidays.

SA’s response to Covid must be independently assessed, says Shabir Madhi

Recent moves to relax quarantine rules indicate a shift away ‘from any pretence that we have the ability to prevent the spread of the virus’

Business Day publisher Arena Holdings makes Covid-19 vaccination mandatory for all staff

Staff who do not comply with mandatory jabs must show weekly negative PCR test at their own expense

SA reports 160 deaths and 4‚100 new Covid-19 cases in 24 hours

NICD says higher death toll linked to clearing  backlog of mortality cases

Reprieve for inexpensive health insurance products

Regulator allows packages for lower-income members to continue operating for two more years

Health ministry also criticises gender body over Covid-19 claims

The Commission of Gender Equality has been criticised for its controversial view on the potential danger of vaccination for women

Cyril Ramaphosa says Covid-19 council is considering cancelling state of disaster

The president says a number of people have challenged the government on the use of state of disaster legislation to curb the spread of Covid-19

Boosters do not stop Omicron but still protect, SA-German study shows

The German/SA study was conducted on seven Germans who had already received boosters before their arrival in Cape Town and who were infected by Omicron

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