South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy president David Mabuza, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize visiting the Aspen Pharmacare sterile manufacturing facility.
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Vaccine manufacturing doesn’t come cheap. It depends heavily on support from developed countries. It also requires much more than relaxing intellectual property rights and a desire for vaccine equity.
Age and education level are the main factors associated with vaccine hesitancy. While this affects Māori and Pacific communities, basic access to health care and information is more important.
Empathetically exploring the positive motivations of people who are vaccine hesitant may help improve acceptance for COVID-19 vaccines and others.
From maternity wards to primary care, Canadian researchers are looking to find the positive motivations of vaccine hesitant people, whether they are new parents or other adults.
Roald Dahl with his wife Patricia Neal and children Olivia (right) Tessa, and Theo (in pram).
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Roald Dahl’s daughter Olivia died of measles aged seven.
We’ve gone from a novel virus to several COVID-19 vaccines in less than a year. Here’s what we’ve learned from earlier vaccines to allow this to happen.
Over 1.4 million people have died from COVID-19 so far this year. How history memorializes them will reflect those we most value.
US monuments and memorials have overlooked frontline workers and people of color affected by past epidemics. Will we repeat history?
Apia harbour on the island of Upolu, Samoa, where the deadly influenza virus came ashore in 1918.
After recent suspected COVID-19 cases and with repatriation flights postponed, Samoa takes no chances.
The COVID-19 new normal might be here for quite some time.
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As ready as you are to be done with COVID-19, it’s not going anywhere soon. A historian of disease describes how once a pathogen emerges, it’s usually here to stay.
Getting children vaccinated can protect them and others from potentially deadly diseases.
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A pediatrician answers parents’ questions about catching up on missed childhood vaccinations and why that’s so important.
The federal government is fast-tracking some potential coronavirus vaccines currently in clinical trials.
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For a COVID-19 vaccine to stop the pandemic, a large percentage of the population will have to get vaccinated. A law professor explains how far government and employer vaccine mandates can legally go.
A child receives a vaccine against Ebola from a nurse in Goma on August 7, 2019.
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African governments should shift their attention to strengthening health systems so that they are better placed to respond to any pandemic.
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The study of two hospitals was a first for researching the microbiology of the built environment in South Africa – a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding how to design healthier buildings.
Children at window of a building in Hillbrow, Johannesburg. Children will be vulnerable if vaccinations are postponed.
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South Africa could lose many children due to a measles outbreak which is completely preventable.
An elderly man at a social grant paypoint in South Africa after the COVID-19 lockdown. (Photo by MARCO LONGARI / AFP) ()
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South Africa must develop a comprehensive health and economic strategy if it is to stop the COVID-19 pandemic without causing long term socio-economic damage.
To how many others will one infected person spread the infection?
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Epidemiologists want to quickly identify any emerging disease’s potential to spread far and wide. Dependent on a number of factors, this R0 number helps them figure that out and plan accordingly.
Successful vaccination against measles in childhood should provide lifetime protection.
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Measles infection can be easily managed with prompt health care and symptom management. But without care, mild symptoms can turn into life threatening secondary infections or long-term effects.
Low immunisation coverage among young children in Samoa allowed a measles outbreak to take hold.
For more than a month, Samoa has been battling a measles outbreak of huge proportions. Things are very slowly starting to improve.
There is no clear difference in measles control between countries that mandate vaccination and those that don’t.
The solution to measles outbreaks is deceptively easy: vaccinate more children. This belies the challenges along the path to that solution.
Many families in the DRC can’t routinely access preventive services.
Even when cases of measles are detected in clinics, limited diagnostic and communication infrastructure can delay the response.