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J&J will now deliver 11-million vaccines

Ramaphosa announces SA will now move back to the least restrictive level of the lockdown

By Claudi Mailovich

WATCH: Ramaphosa updates the nation on response to coronavirus pandemic

Address at 8pm comes as the country continues the rollout of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine against Covid-19

SA scientists welcome US regulator’s approval of Johnson & Johnson ...

The shot is being administered to local health-care workers as part of a rolling review

By Claudi Mailovich

READ IN FULL: Ramaphosa eases restrictions and expands vaccine sites

The number of sites that will be available for vaccination will be expanded next week from 17 sites to 49 sites

State targets a million jabs by end-March

Pfizer commits to 600,000 doses, says Zweli Mkhize, bringing the total to 1.1-million, and health-care workers remain ...

By Tamar Kahn

Nearly 66,000 new applications for special Covid-19 relief grant

Pressure to extend that and other relief grew when the government tightened level 3 lockdown restrictions late in ...

By Genevieve Quintal

US drug regulator clears way for emergency use of ‘safe and effective’ ...

Shot achieved a rate of 64% at stopping moderate to severe cases of Covid-19 in SA after 28 days

By Michael Erman

Government pins hopes on vaccines as it allocates R9bn to immunisation ...

SA will benefit from resumption of international goods trade and a resurgence in tourism, Treasury says

By Tamar Kahn

Health budget slashed

Treasury institutes a R67.2bn cut to consolidated health expenditure over the medium term

By Tamar Kahn

Government poised to finalise key Covid-19 vaccine deals, says health ...

Zweli Mkhize also says his department and the Treasury have finalised a proposed compensation approach for people who ...

By Tamar Kahn

David Makhura paints gloomy picture of Gauteng councils

His state of the province address on Tuesday spelt out how badly revenue collection in municipalities was affected in ...

By Claudi Mailovich

Trust has been eroded by Covid-19 corruption, David Makhura says

Premier says anticorruption gains have been eroded and the Gauteng government will crack the whip on offenders

By Claudi Mailovich

Tourism sector in ICU and wants priority in phase 2 of vaccination

The Tourism Business Council of SA says this will reassure foreign tourists

By Linda Ensor

Pressure mounts to improve Covid-19 vaccine appointment system

Streamlining system for Covid-19 jabs aims to end long waiting times and stop queue-jumping by health workers

By Tamar Kahn

Private sector health workers get a third of first Covid-19 vaccines

Vaccination drive has a bumpy start at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital amid high demand

Carol Paton
Editor at large

Medical billing sector threatened with extinction by amendment bill

Proposed legislation will prohibit the ceding of medical claims to third party administrators

By Linda Ensor

Legal fraternity up in arms over ‘chaotic’ backlog at Master’s Offices

Of the 15 Master’s Offices nationally, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town are the hardest hit by bottlenecks in the ...

By Luyolo Mkentane

Police seize smuggled ivermectin worth R126m at OR Tambo

The police are working with Interpol and the Indian authorities to establish the source of drugs some say are effective ...

By S'thembile Cele

Fiscus loses R38bn from sales ban, liquor industry says

The liquor industry is one of the biggest  contributors to state coffers, accounting for about R46.8bn in excise tax in ...

By Bekezela Phakathi

Ramaphosa pushes for self-reliance in vaccine production

The president says SA needs to develop the capacity to respond to pandemics that might arise in the future

By Bekezela Phakathi

SA scientists plan AstraZeneca trial to assess effect on severe disease

The vaccine rollout was paused last week after data from a small trial showed it offered minimal protection against the ...

By Tamar Kahn

Hasty SAA plan to courier vaccines foiled by regulator

Clearance for flight provided by SACAA too late for the vaccine run to Brussels

Carol Paton
Editor at large

UIF to start processing Ters extension in March

Wage protection scheme’s extension to go ahead for wide range of those affected by the pandemic

By Genevieve Quintal

Regulator halts bid to give VIPs early jabs

Plan was to build public confidence in vaccine but only the president and his deputy exempted

By Tamar Kahn and Genevieve Quintal

Enough vaccines in the pipeline to reach 40-million South Africans, says ...

President Cyril Ramaphosa and Mkhize received one of the J&J vaccines at the Khayelitsha district hospital in the ...

By Genevieve Quintal

Defence minister claims not knowing unregistered Cuban drug could not be ...

Parliament hears defence force ignored procurement protocols and dodged inquiries by regulator

By Bekezela Phakathi

SA’s AstraZeneca shots will go to AU at no cost to fiscus

As SA pivots to the J&J vaccine, the 1-million AstraZeneca doses will not go to waste

By Tamar Kahn

Ramaphosa speech torn apart as parties turn up the pressure

The DA says the president’s state of the nation address was more or less a repeat of those delivered in 2018, 2019 and ...

By Bekezela Phakathi

Tourism Equity Fund faces court challenge, but tourism minister is defiant

One of the grounds for the challenge is that the fund violates the government’s own BBBEE policy

By Linda Ensor

SA land border closures cost taxi industry over R100m, says association

The 20 crossing points were closed to prevent super-spreader events

By Luyolo Mkentane

SA scientists play vital role on pandemic’s front line

Without the work done in our labs, the world would not have come nearly so far in its fight against Covid-19

By Joseph Cotterill and David Pilling

D-day for first vaccinations on February 17

The government plans to begin dispensing shots to health-care workers on Wednesday after J&J's vaccine gets the green ...

By Tamar Kahn

Ramaphosa extends special Covid-19 grant and Ters benefits

Millions of South Africans will receive an additional three months’ support as the government extends the R350 payment

By Genevieve Quintal

More than 16,000 learners yet to be placed in schools, Angie Motshekga says

Education minister holds a media briefing on the readiness of schools for their opening on Monday

By Luyolo Mkentane

Vaccinations likely to start next week as J&J’s research stock bridges ...

Health-care workers will be inoculated from research stock while approval for J&J's vaccine is pending

By Tamar Kahn

Poultry sector sees glimmer of hope as master plan bears fruit

The scheme is already yielding positive results with the UAE the latest country to permit imports of chicken products ...

By Bekezela Phakathi

NEWS ANALYSIS: Ramaphosa and the bleak state of the nation

The president has only two cards to play when he delivers his speech on Thursday

Carol Paton
Editor at large

Some teachers wary about getting the jab

Many factors seen as contributing to scepticism about vaccination

By Claudi Mailovich

AstraZeneca’s vaccine useful despite new variants, says WHO

The shot still appears to prevent more serious problems, says expert, despite poor numbers in local trials against the ...

By Corinne Gretler and Mike Cohen

WATCH: Why SA stopped AstraZeneca vaccine roll-out

Wits University health & social security systems specialist Alex van den Heever talks to Business Day TV

By Business Day TV

Steps taken to prevent repeat of congestion at land border posts

The border posts are due to reopen on February 15

By Linda Ensor

Government pivots to J&J’s vaccines and seeks more shots

It has already secured 9-million doses of J&J’s coronavirus vaccine and talks are on for 20-million more

By Tamar Kahn

Western Cape to start Covid-19 vaccination by February 15

Provinces move on plans to get shots to health--care workers as soon as possible

By Tamar Kahn

Local firm offers Russia’s Sputnik shot to SA

Local researchers caution the  vaccine  was tested only in male volunteers and there's no clinical evidence it protects ...

By Tamar Kahn

Labour and business call on Cyril Ramaphosa to detail economic recovery ...

Groups seek concrete guidance on vaccine strategy and implementation of SA's economic reconstruction and recovery plan

By Luyolo Mkentane

SA vaccine rollout dealt a blow

Government scrambles to rethink strategy after analysis of shortcomings in AstraZeneca shot

By Lynley Donnelly and Tamar Kahn

WATCH: ‘All our spike proteins in one basket’

Michael Avery talks to a panel about the delay in SA’s vaccine rollout

By Business Day TV

Covax delivers major vaccine boost for health workers

Covax allocates 3.1-million vaccine doses to SA in first round, which could ensure the government has enough doses to ...

By Tamar Kahn

Vaccine registration site won’t crash, state assures healthcare workers

So far only about 38,000 of SA’s estimated 1.25-million healthcare workers have registered on the site to receive the ...

By Tamar Kahn

Treasury has indemnified two vaccine producers

The Serum Institute of India and Pfizer will be protected from liabilities resulting from adverse developments

Carol Paton
Editor at large

Liquor industry remains in limbo

Players in the sector chide government for bans and lack of consultation

By Katharine Child

Cyril Ramaphosa offers SA’s mining industry little succour

In a strangely bland keynote speech at the Mining Indaba, he ignored an impassioned plea for urgent economic action ...

By Allan Seccombe

Russian Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine is 91.6% effective

The peer-reviewed phase 3 trial results means another vaccine can join the fight against Covid-19

By Tamar Kahn

Hospitality industry seeks court interdict to stop extension of collective ...

DA says extension of the agreement to nonparties will be a ‘death blow’ to sector reeling from Covid lockdowns

By Luyolo Mkentane

Wine body won’t drop lawsuit despite easing of alcohol sale restrictions

Vinpro wants to guard against the industry being turned ‘on and off’ by the government, MD Rico Basson says

By Lukanyo Mnyanda

Booze and beaches back in business

President Cyril Ramaphosa lifts the total ban on alcohol sales

By Genevieve Quintal

WATCH | President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers Covid-19 update

The president addresses the nation on developments related to the country’s response to the pandemic

Government is moving fast on reforming the economy, says Cyril Ramaphosa

President concedes that lockdown has hurt, but uncontrolled pandemic could have caused ‘irreversible damage’

By Luyolo Mkentane

Miners fire broadside against Ramaphosa’s slow economic reforms

On the eve of the annual Mining Indaba where President Cyril Ramaphosa is due to speak, SA's mining industry lambastes ...

By Allan Seccombe

Anthony Fauci calls for more investments in vaccine production

He says rich countries have a humanitarian obligation to help vaccinate poorer nations, but it is also in their ...

By Tamar Kahn

Opposition casts huge doubt on SA vaccine strategy

Population immunity in SA might never be achieved, says DA

By Genevieve Quintal

David Makhura: I’ll go if that is what the ANC wants

Premier says his involvement in corruption scandal is the result of a mistake in a judgment

By Claudi Mailovich

J&J single-dose vaccine 72% effective in preventing Covid-19

In a sub-study of 6,000 volunteers in SA, the vaccine was 89% effective, with 95% of cases in the SA trial infected ...

By Julie Steenhuysen

Second Covid-19 wave is easing, says adviser Salim Abdool Karim

Government could consider lifting restrictions within two weeks if transmission keeps falling

By Tamar Kahn

New virus variant giving WHO Africa head sleepless nights

The SA 501Y.V2 coronavirus variant is estimated to be 50% more contagious than older lineages

By Tamar Kahn

Medical schemes still divided on vaccination contribution costs to people ...

Discovery Health has said medical schemes are ready to go, but other schemes say there is still uncertainty and that ...

By Emma Rumney and Alexander Winning

Tender for vaccine storage in SA to be issued by February 5

Health department director-general Sandile Buthelezi says the tender will be open to all eligible companies

By Nqobile Dludla

Newly qualified doctors battle to find jobs in SA’s shambolic public ...

Nearly 200 doctors, 325 nurses and 200 other health workers are unemployed, according to Hire our Medical Heroes

By Kirthana Pillay

First Covid-19 shots to land in SA on Monday

The country’s medicines regulator will take 10-14 days to clear the batch before it will be distributed to the provinces

By Tamar Kahn

Former Zuma lawyer Kemp J Kemp dies of Covid-19-related illness

The advocate was arguably best known for defending the former president in his 2006 rape trial

By TANIA BROUGHTON AND FRANNY RABKIN

Get more Covid-19 vaccines approved and factories producing, Bill Gates ...

The Gates Foundation has provided direct support to vaccine manufacturers to enable them to produce shots developed by ...

By Tamar Kahn

Medicines regulator to allow limited use of ivermectin for Covid-19 ...

Ivermectin is a cheap, off-patent, anti-parasitic drug not registered for human use in SA, but which has piqued the ...

By Tamar Kahn

Weekly excess deaths more than double last winter’s peak

The January figure is triple the number of natural deaths usually seen at this time of year

By Tamar Kahn

First coronavirus shots due to land by Friday, says Western Cape

The vaccine will be checked by regulators before it is administered

By Tamar Kahn

Global competition over vaccines may prolong crisis, Cyril Ramaphosa tells ...

Global vaccine initiative Gavi estimates that countries have bought at least 800-million more doses than they need

By Genevieve Quintal and Lukanyo Mnyanda

Cyril Ramaphosa takes strain as depth of Covid-19 crisis sinks in

Scale and pace of landmark National Healthcare Insurance in question for the first time

By Claudi Mailovich and Genevieve Quintal

US restricts travel from SA

US President Joe Biden is taking an aggressive approach to combating the spread of the virus

By David Shepardson

Budget kicks South Africans while they’re down, says DA

The pro-business budget is divorced from the realities of ordinary South Africans, says Cosatu

By Claudi Mailovich

AROUND THE WORLD

Why global Covid infections have plummeted

A sharp drop in infections, including in SA, brings hope but masks signs of resurgence in parts of Europe

By Anna Gross and John Burn-Madoch

Five shapers of UK’s post-Brexit financial future

Britain is having to compete with New York and Amsterdam to keep London popular as a financial centre

By Reuters

Are virtual work parties remote fun or real torture?

The global virtual events market is expected to grow from just under $100bn in 2020 to $400bn by 2027, Grand View ...

By Colm Fulton

Why India’s health workers don’t want a homegrown vaccine

Epidemiologist and public health experts say the Covaxin approval was rushed, but efficacy data from a trial on 26,000 ...

By Krishna N Das and Anuron Kumar Mitra

Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine effective and safe, FDA documents show

US Food and Drug Administration's panel of independent experts meets on Friday to decide whether to approve the shot

By Agency Staff

Travellers can bet on air travel quarantines getting tighter still

Rather than gradually being wound back, some quarantines are approaching permanency

By Kyunghee Park and Angus Whitley

Joe Biden reviewing global supply chains as US output interrupted

The US wants to cut down its reliance on China, and other adversaries, but the process is likely to take months

By Jenny Leonard

Fed’s Powell says Covid vaccines offer chance of ‘more normal conditions’ ...

Fed chair tells Senate banking committee US recovery is far from complete but vaccine rollout is a reason for optimism

By Howard Schneider

Czech Republic warns hospitals near ‘total exhaustion’ in Covid battle

After success in curbing the spread of Covid-19 in 2020, the central European nation now joins Slovakia in asking for ...

By Lenka Ponikelska

WHO to pay compensation for Covid-19 vaccine side effects under Covax ...

A no-fault lump-sum compensation will be paid to settle any claims of serious side effects until June 30 2022

By Kate Kelland

US on the verge of 500,000 Covid-19 deaths

Biden adviser Anthony Fauci cautions against complacency as officials race to inoculate the population against ...

By Maria Caspani and Anurag Maan