• US Drug Maker Seeks Approval For New Covid Pill

    US Drug Maker Seeks Approval For New Covid Pill

    American multinational pharmaceutical company Merck and partner Ridgeback Biotherapeutics say they plan to seek “emergency authorisation” for their new antiviral pill to treat Covid-19. Merck, headquartered in Kenilworth in New Jersey, says a late-stage clinical trial showed the drug cut the risk of hospitalisation or death in half.  Describing the results as “remarkable”, Merck said

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  • New Reactor Gets Cabinet Nod, Nuclear Entity Chuffed

    New Reactor Gets Cabinet Nod, Nuclear Entity Chuffed

    The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) on Monday said it welcomes Cabinet approval of the Multipurpose Reactor (MPR). The MPR is intended to succeed SAFARI-1 when it reaches its end of life. SAFARI-1, a 20 MW light water-cooled research reactor, went critical (a reactor achieves criticality when each fission event releases a sufficient number

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  • Covid-19 Jabs: Rich Nations Get Lion’s Share

    Covid-19 Jabs: Rich Nations Get Lion’s Share

    South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa has sounded the alarm over the slow pace of vaccinations against Covid-19 and the unequal access to jabs between rich and poor countries. The president of South Africa made his remarks during his address to the Global Covid-19 summit under the theme “ending the pandemic and building back better health

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  • China Lambasts ‘Evil’ US, Denies Wuhan Virus Link

    China Lambasts ‘Evil’ US, Denies Wuhan Virus Link

    China responded strongly against the United States “slanderers” on Monday rejecting suggestions that the origins of Covid-19 have been traced back to Wuhan. Speaking from Pretoria, Chen Xiaodong, Chinese Ambassador to South Africa, said the US was simply trying to “smear China” to cover up for its own poor response to the pandemic. He noted

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  • China To Speak On Covid-19 Origins In Pretoria

    China To Speak On Covid-19 Origins In Pretoria

    Chen Xiaodong, Chinese Ambassador to South Africa, will on Monday speak about the origins of Covid-19. As many as 216 million Covid-19 cases have been recorded worldwide with 4,5 million people succumbing to the disease. Fingers of blame have been pointed at China, with accusations that the virus may have originated from wet animal markets

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  • SA Gets Green Light To Make Covid-19 Test Kits

    SA Gets Green Light To Make Covid-19 Test Kits

    South Africa will soon make its own rapid Covid-19 testing kits. On Monday the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) authorised local biotechnology company CapeBio to manufacture rapid Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test kits. The Covid-19 test kits, co-developed by CapeBio and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), will help to

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