Aspen can produce generic Covid-19 vaccines in SA

07 May 2021

 

South African company Aspen, the largest medicine producer on the continent, confirmed that it would enable it to manufacture another vaccine - generic or otherwise - at its Ggeberha factory. Aspen currently has a deal with Johnson & Johnson to package its vaccines.

Adcock Ingram, another local pharmaceutical manufacturer, said that it doesn’t have capacity to manufacture vaccines at its plants.


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A third of SA’s Covid-19 survivors may be at risk of reinfection

07 May 2021
More than 55% of people in South Africa may have been infected with Covid-19 already, said Discovery Health CEO Ryan Noach, at the PSG Group’s annual conference. 
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Drug makers slam vaccine patent waiver

07 May 2021

 

According to drug makers US President Joe Biden’s support for waiving patents of Covid-19 vaccines could disrupt a fragile supply chain and that rich countries should instead share more generously with the developing world.

The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA) said that if adopted by the World Trade Organisation, the proposal would invite new manufacturers that lack essential know-how and oversight from the inventors to crowd out established contractors. – Reuters (6 May 2021)


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Medicines regulator appeals to Treasury for more funding

06 May 2021

 

The SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has appealed to the Treasury for a bigger budget, warning that it cannot do its job effectively unless key vacancies are filled.


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Novavax vaccine shows 51% efficacy against SA variant of Covid-19

06 May 2021
Novavax Inc's Covid-19 vaccine had efficacy of 51% against infections caused by the SA variant among people who were HIV negative, and 43% in a group that included people who were HIV positive, according to a new analysis. These findings were published in the New England Journalof Medicine, reported Reuters (6 May 2021).
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US to back SA proposal to waive vaccine IP protections at WTO

06 May 2021
The US trade representative, Katherine Tai, has announced that the US will support a proposal to waive intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines at the World Trade Organisation (WTO). If granted, the proposal will increase global supply of COVID-19-vaccines and better access for poor countries.
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Netcare in limbo over the termination of its contentious Lesotho hospital partnership

05 May 2021
Private hospital group Netcare is yet to receive an official notice from the Lesotho government regarding the termination of its public-private partnership at the Queen Mamohato Memorial Hospital, reported Fin24 (5 May 2021)
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Medical aid co-payments deemed ‘irregular’

05 May 2021
No more penalty co-payments will be allowed for medical schemes after the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) declared this practice irregular and undesirable in terms of the Medical Schemes Act in a notice in the Government Gazette, reported The Citizen (5 May 2021).
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Half of South Africans gained weight during pandemic

04 May 2021
Half of South Africans gained weight during the Covid-19 pandemic, with 69% of them now bordering on obese., reported TimesLive (4 May 2021)
According to a national survey (commissioned by Pharma Dynamics) conducted in the past two months among almost 2,000 South African adults:
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Gauteng could be hit harder in third wave

04 May 2021

 

Gauteng could face a more severe third wave of coronavirus infections than it did in the second surge, reported Business Day (3 May 2021) According to the latest worst-case scenarios modelled by a consortium of experts co-ordinated by the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) SA as a whole is likely to experience a third wave that peaks below the second, provided there are no new variants.


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Medicine regulators delay release of J&J vaccines

03 May 2021
The release of SA’s first commercial shipment of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Covid-19 vaccine from Aspen Pharmacare’s facility near Port Elizabeth is being delayed as a “precautionary” safety measure, reported Business Day (3 May 2021).
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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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