UP study shows Covid-19 variant transmissible from humans to animals

A team of scientists from the University of Pretoria (UP) has published the only study from Africa that entailed genomic One Health investigations which...

SAHPRA and USP sign MOU to improve regulatory oversight for health...

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) to help expand the...

Protective gene variant against COVID-19 identified

An international metastudy led by researchers at Karolinska Institutet has identified a specific gene variant that protects against severe COVID-19 infection. The researchers managed...

Covid deaths in SA halved in fourth wave

The Covid-19 infection rate during the fourth wave was as high as previous waves, however there were significantly fewer deaths and a smaller proportion...

Historic first successful transplant of pig heart into human with terminal...

In a first-of-its-kind surgery, a 57-year-old patient with terminal heart disease received a successful transplant of a genetically modified pig heart and is still...

Big Pharma ‘unsung contributor’ to country’s prosperity

The year 2021 was a seminal year for the pharmaceutical industry. Its responses to one of the greatest challenges of our times, the COVID-19...

Combustion-related nitrogen dioxide contributes to paediatric asthma

Combustion-related nitrogen dioxide (NO2) accounted for 1.85 million new paediatric asthma cases worldwide in 2019, researchers have shown in a global study just published...

Death from COVID-19 very rare in fully vaccinated adults: study

New research shows that adults who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 rarely die from the disease, although the odds of severe outcomes and death...

Easy vehicle procurement for HCP’s in 2022 with MediWheels

Welcome to MediWheels! Best wishes for a sterling 2022!It is with humbleness and gratitude that we launch MediWheels, our brand-new vehicle procurement platform dedicated...

South African COVID-19 omicron wave characterized in JAMA letter

The pattern of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 early in the fourth wave in South Africa showed fewer hospitalizations and reduced severity of illness compared...

Breakthrough infections plus vaccination generate ‘super immunity’ to COVID-19

Breakthrough infections greatly enhance immune response to variants of the virus that causes COVID-19, according to a newly published study from Oregon Health &...

JnJ booster shown to be 85% effective against Covid-19 hospitalisation in...

 Preliminary results from the Phase 3b Sisonke study in South African healthcare workers show that a homologous booster shot of the Johnson & Johnson...

Wishes from MED BRIEF AFRICA

The Publishers, Editors and Executives of Med Brief Africa wish all Readers, Advertisers and Contributors a Joyous Festive Season and a Happy and Healthy...

Pple Healthcare: Supplementing scarce healthcare skills*

The South African healthcare industry has been suffering from an acute healthcare skills shortage for far too long. Healthcare practitioners have made it their...

GI effects of SARS-CoV-2 factors in children identified

Italian researchers have shown in their study just published online in JAMA Network Open that, overall, 9.5 percent of children with severe acute respiratory syndrome...

COVID-19 vaccination more likely with provider recommendation

Adults who receive a provider recommendation for COVID-19 vaccination are more likely to have received one or more doses of COVID-19 vaccine, research published...

MAC wants Covid-19 contact quarantining, tracing to be stopped

The Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) on Covid-19 has requested that the quarantining and tracing of contacts of patients with Covid-19 be discontinued with immediate effect as...

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