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The University of Cape Town (UCT) will host ‘Vaccines in Africa from Africa’ on 26 October 2021, a virtual event that will take a deep dive look at the continent’s capacity for developing and manufacturing vaccines.

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 As of Wednesday, October 20, 2021, minors around South Africa descended on Covid-19 vaccine sites around the country in order to receive a potentially life-saving Covid-19 jab.

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Today a new group of South Africans are eligible to receive their Covid-19 vaccines. Minors between the ages of 12 and 17 can now get registered and receive the Covid-19 vaccines.

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More than 10 million adults in South Africa are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19. This translates to just above 25% of the adult population living in the country.

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Last week the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) announced a framework that would require staff and students who have not received the Covid-19 vaccine to prove that they are not infected with the virus.

A study done by Professor Resia Pretorius found that patients with ‘long covid’ had high levels of inflammatory molecules trapped in their blood.

 South African Deputy President David Mabuza has urged South Africans not to delay getting their Covid-19 vaccination.

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The Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism recently published an article explaining that making the Covid-19 vaccine mandatory does not have to infringe on the rights of citizens.

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Amnesty International has accused vaccine manufactures of being dishonest. They say only 1% of people in lower-income countries have been vaccinated compared to 55% of people in richer countries

Last week the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines were authorised for use in individuals younger than 18 years old. Despite this, The Minister of Health, Dr Joe Phaahla says the focus remains on vaccinating adults in South Africa.

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