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...

Journal slams ‘incompetent’ Facebook fact-checking over vaccine article

Editors at The BMJ have released an urgent request to Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and parent company Meta regarding a recent "fact-check" on the medical trade journal's...

Antibody response to SARS-CoV-2 wanes among dialysis patients

In patients receiving dialysis, the antibody response to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) wanes through five to six months and is associated...

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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Here are some of the articles Med Brief Africa readers found the most interesting during the past week: Risk of infection higher, hospitalisation lower for...

British PM’s take on Omicron ‘alarmist’: SAMA chair

British prime minister Boris Johnston’s take on the Omicron variant is ‘alarmist’, SA Medical Association chair, Dr Angelique Coetzee, told British TV Sky News...

Risk of infection higher, hospitalisation lower for those vaccinated: Omicron insights...

The two-dose Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination, it was confirmed in a Discovery-led media briefing today when releasing collaborative insights into the Omicron variant, provides 70% protection...

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Here are some the articles Med Brief Africa readers found the most interesting during the past week: Scientist adds words of caution on ‘weakening’ virus...

Scientist adds words of caution on ‘weakening’ virus presumption

The presumption arising out of early observations and host responses to the omicron virus that viruses naturally evolve to become less pathogenic - or less virulent...

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Here are some of the articles Med Brief Africa readers found the most interesting during the past week: Omicron not a ‘Doomsday scenario’, but vaccine...

Driving Healthcare Professionals

There’s a new kid in town and he’s on a mission to ensure SA’s healthcare professionals (HCP) are looked after when selecting and purchasing...

Health DG reinstated after suspension over Digital Vibes scandal

Health Director-General, Dr Sandile Buthelezi has been reinstated in his post after he was placed on precautionary suspension in September pending an investigation into...

Reporting antivax doctor not an ethical issue

Reporting a doctor who is an antivaxxer to the HPCSA is not an issue if his or her reasons are not science based, Prof...

SAMA asks for specialised ‘Medical Courts’ to deal with medico-legal cases

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) says specialised ‘Medical Courts’ – similar to Labour Courts – must be established to deal with medico-legal cases....

New variant not a ‘Doomsday scenario’, but vaccine inaccessibility still a...

Although likely to be more transmissible than the other variants, the new omnicron variant won’t have any impact on the COVID disease itself as...