Swiss surgeon scores in seven-year battle with health regulator

The Health Professions Council is slapped with punitive costs and ordered to make a decision on registration

SA pledges R500m to join global vaccine alliance

SA had joined the Covax global Covid-19 vaccine distribution scheme, with a committed purchase for 10% of its 58-million citizens

Netcare sending extra staff to Eastern Cape hospitals as Covid-19 cases surge

Nelson Mandela Bay metro is the province’s hotspot, and had 6,285 recorded active cases on Sunday, a huge increase on the 167 recorded three weeks earlier

Biovac in talks to make Covid-19 vaccines in SA

The company says it has the capacity to make 20-million to 30-million vaccines a year, depending on the technology involved

Nelson Mandela Bay sees second surge in excess deaths

Hospitals in the metro are struggling to cope with increased Covid-19 admissions

SA still negotiating access to Covid-19 vaccines

Government has to sign up to an international financing agreement called Covax to access the shots

Adcock pledges to help speed up access to Covid-19 therapeutics

Drug maker joins international coalition to speed up access for low and middle-income countries

Long-acting HIV prevention shot works better than daily pills in women

Trial is stopped early because treatment proved so successful, researchers announce

ANC MPs vote to process NHI Bill submissions internally

Opposition MPs said such a decision should only be considered once they had the facts about parliament’s internal capacity to do the job

Document reveals how deep spending cuts will hit health sector

The consolidated health budget grows by just 2.9% over the medium-term expenditure framework, which is a cut in real terms

Weekly deaths tick above forecast range for second week as Covid-19 simmers

It is the late starters — Free State, Mpumalanga and North West — that are still burning, says report co-author Debbie Bradshaw

Human Rights Watch supports SA’s call to scrap Covid-19 patents

HRW says governments have an obligation to ensure the benefits of research funded with public money are shared as widely as possible

Western Cape considers minimum pricing to cut binge drinking

Minimum unit pricing, which stipulates a floor price for a unit of alcohol, pushes up the price of the cheapest products on the market

Survey highlights SA’s growing coronavirus fatigue

The second round of an HSRC and UJ survey found people more concerned about the economic effects of the lockdowns than the virus itself

Dispute over Mkhize’s warning of rising Covid-19 cases in Western Cape

Health minister says province posted 42% increase, but premier WInde disputes his analysis

Health department says EFF proposal for 24/7 clinics is unaffordable

The department says it would be desirable to have round the clock care at clinics, but the bill has ‘massive financial implications’

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