• 06 October, 2022
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Ramaphosa lauds Serum Institute funding for African health workforce

Johannesburg, Jul 27 (PTI) South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as African Union (AU) COVID-19 Champion, has lauded the Serum Institute of India (SII) for its initiative to…

Resolution does not create an environment conducive for diplomacy, dialogue and mediation: South Africa explains why it abstained from voting in UN to reprimand Russia

Johannesburg, Mar 4 (PTI): The South African government on Thursday explained why it had abstained from a UN General Assembly vote to reprimand Russia for the belligerent military operation in…

South Africa gets $750 million World Bank loan to bolster COVID recovery effort

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - The World Bank has approved a loan of $750 million to South Africa linked to COVID-19, aiming to help protect the poor and support economic recovery…

Exclusive-U.S. to lift travel curbs on eight African countries – White House

By David Shepardson (Reuters) -The Biden administration will lift travel restrictions on eight southern African countries imposed last month over concerns about the fast-spreading COVID-19 Omicron variant, the White House…

Exclusive: WTO chief says vaccine answer close, but facing effort to block it

By Philip Blenkinsop BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The World Trade Organization is close to resolving a dispute over how to spread COVID-19 vaccines more widely and fairly, but facing an "orchestrated…

S.Africa’s health body sees threefold higher risk of reinfection from Omicron

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) -The new Omicron variant of the coronavirus poses a threefold higher risk of reinfection than the currently dominant Delta variant and the Beta strain, a group of South…

How South African scientists spotted the Omicron COVID variant

By Tim Cocks JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - On Friday Nov. 19, Raquel Viana, Head of Science at one of South Africa's biggest private testing labs, sequenced the genes on eight coronavirus…

S.Africa says it is being punished for early COVID variant detection

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) -South Africa said on Saturday it was being punished for its advanced ability to detect new COVID-19 variants early, as travel bans and restrictions imposed because of the…

PM Modi chairs a comprehensive high level meeting to review the situation relating to Covid-19 & vaccination

Today morning PM Narendra Modi chaired a comprehensive meeting which lasted for almost 2 hours to review the public health preparedness & vaccination related situation for Covid-19. PM was briefed…

New COVID Variant Omicron Triggers Global Alarm

The discovery of a new coronavirus variant named Omicron triggered global alarm on Friday as countries rushed to suspend travel from southern Africa and stock markets on both sides of…

By PTI and Chanakya Forum

EU moves to halt air travel from places with new COVID variant

By Sabine Siebold and Marine Strauss (Reuters) - The European Union might halt air travel from places where a new coronavirus variant detected in South Africa had spread, the bloc's…

Australia investigates new COVID-19 variant found in South Africa

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia on Friday said it was investigating the newly identified COVID-19 variant spreading in South Africa and warned it may close its borders to travellers from the…