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Why fixing South Africa’s patent laws is necessary in the fight against HIV

01 Dec 2020
“The Fix the Patent Laws Campaign (FTPL) has called on Minister Ebrahim Patel and President Cyril Ramaphosa to act with urgency to ensure that SA has an intellectual property regime that ensures equitable access to life-saving vaccines and medicines,” reported Spotlight (30 Nov 2020).
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Don’t let Covid overshadow AIDS

01 Dec 2020
“As Coronavirus and state capture occupy so much of the news agenda in 2020, HIV/AIDS, has been muscled out of our collective conscience.” - The Citizen’s Editorial Comment on World AIDS Day (1 Dec 2020).
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Vaccinating tens of millions of people will be exceedingly difficult

30 Nov 2020

“If we want life to go back to the way it was in February 2020, we will have to vaccinate tens of millions of South Africans next year to squash the epidemic.” (GroundUp, 27 November 2020)

“We now have effective Covid vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, and Oxford/AstraZeneca. None have yet been approved by medical authorities and the study results have not yet been published in peer-reviewed journals, but this is imminent.”


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Total cost of fraud in SA private healthcare system about R22-bn a year

30 Nov 2020
At a recent webinar on corruption in the private sector, Katlego Mothudi, the Board of Healthcare Funders’ managing director, said the sector should be sharing data and strategies to allow fraudsters little room to move. Mothudi said there should be partnerships with law enforcement entities because the industry cannot be the judge and the jury [when it deals with fraud and corruption], reported Daily Maverick (29 November 2020).
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Hospitals on Garden Route set for surge in pandemic

27 Nov 2020
On November 27, Business Day reported that private hospital groups are scrambling to put plans in place to cope with the sharp rise in coronavirus cases on the Western Cape’s Garden Route. 
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Zweli Mkhize defends Health Department budget cuts

26 Nov 2020
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize defended the government in Parliament for its planned Health Department budget cuts amounting to R680-m, as fresh fears of a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic surface, reported Sunday Times Daily (26 November 2020).
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Covid-19 positive test rate now higher than at peak

25 Nov 2020
On November 25, The Citizen reported that - according to the latest Covid-19 test results - 14 out of 100 tested patients came back positive, a figure significantly higher than when the country had reached its peak in July. 
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Netcare CEO talks local growth

25 Nov 2020
Like its competitors, Mediclinic and Life Healthcare, Netcare has had a tough five years. Its share price declined by more than 65% since 2015, followed by Life Healthcare at just over 50% and Mediclinic at almost 50%. At the heart of their issues were regulations, a tough economy, tariff changes and, most recently, the impact of Covid-19, reported Fin24 (25 November 2020). 
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Swop of intern positions 'unethical'

25 Nov 2020
The SA Medical Association (SAMA) has urged anyone with information on medical interns allegedly swopping positions for payment to contact the association. This follows reports that medical students were willing to pay up to R100 000 for internships at preferred hospitals across the country.
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SA pledges R500-m to join global vaccine alliance

25 Nov 2020
During the Bloomberg Invest Africa virtual conference Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said that SA has pledged R500-m towards the World Health Organisation’s Covax programme, which aims to provide equitable access to proven Covid-19 vaccines in middle- and lower-income countries.
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Gauteng Government owes Life Esidimeni families R70-m

24 Nov 2020
The Attorneys Ulrich Roux and Associates, representing 113 families affected by the Life Esidimeni tragedy, wants to file a court application to force the Gauteng government to pay more than R70-m in outstanding compensation. (Times Live 24 Nov 2020) 
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AstraZeneca upbeat on Covid-19 vaccine

24 Nov 2020
The British drug maker AstraZeneca said it should have 200-m doses  of he Covid-19 vaccine by the end of 2020, about four times as many as US competitor Pfizer. About 700-m doses could be ready across the world by the end of the first quarter of 2021.
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Netcare sends backup as second wave hits Eastern Cape

24 Nov 2020
Private hospital group Netcare is sending additional staff to its Eastern Cape facilities and considering suspending elective surgery as the number of Covid-19 in the Eastern Province has recently spiked to 6 285. Earlier in November the Nelson Mandela Bay’s public hospitals ran out of beds in their intensive care units.
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COVID-19: The big wave is coming

09 Jun 2020

“It is only a matter of time before the rest of South Africa reaches the surge in COVID-19 coronavirus cases currently being experienced in the Western Cape, experts warn,” reported City Press (7 June 2020).


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