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“We salute the health care workers who have chosen vaccination for their own protection and the protection of their colleagues, families and community members," Mkhize said(Reuters)

South Africa readies for J&J Covid-19 vaccine inoculation to health care workers

PTI, Johannesburg
PUBLISHED ON FEB 17, 2021 12:50 PM IST
The first batch of 80,000 doses of the J&J vaccine, which has not been authorised for general use in South Africa, is expected to arrive imminently and will be given to health care professionals across the country, health minister Zweli Mkhize told parliament.
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Listing out further information about the returnees with the South African variant (B.1.351), Bhargava said that one was from Angola, one from Tanzania and the remaining two were from South Africa.(ANI Photo)
Listing out further information about the returnees with the South African variant (B.1.351), Bhargava said that one was from Angola, one from Tanzania and the remaining two were from South Africa.(ANI Photo)

South African Covid variant detected in 4 returnees, Brazil variant in 1: ICMR

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Harshit Sabarwal, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 16, 2021 06:01 PM IST
“In India, the South African strain of Covid-19 has been detected in four returnees from South Africa. All travellers and their contacts tested and quarantined,” Bhargava said during the Union health ministry’s press briefing.
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A vial, syringe, and small toy figures are seen in front of displayed South Africa flag in this illustration taken, February 9, 2021. (Reuters)
A vial, syringe, and small toy figures are seen in front of displayed South Africa flag in this illustration taken, February 9, 2021. (Reuters)

South Africa plans to 'share' one million AstraZeneca doses via African Union

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 16, 2021 02:51 PM IST
Anban Pillay, deputy director-general at the Department of Health, told Reuters it was not true that South Africa had asked the Serum Institute to take the 1 million doses back, as reported by Indian daily The Economic Times.
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File image of Graeme Smith.(File)
File image of Graeme Smith.(File)

Graeme Smith calls for strong leadership from ICC to regulate power of Big Three

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 15, 2021 05:46 PM IST
South Africa are smarting after Australia opted to pull out of a three-test tour in March due to COVID-19 fears even though the hosts said they had invested a considerable amount of money to meet the visitors' lengthy list of medical safety demands.
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South African officials plan to meet their American counterparts early next month to discuss trade relations under President Joe Biden’s administration, according to Lionel October.(Reuters file photo)
South African officials plan to meet their American counterparts early next month to discuss trade relations under President Joe Biden’s administration, according to Lionel October.(Reuters file photo)

US Prez Joe Biden faces South African push to extend trade concessions

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON FEB 15, 2021 02:37 PM IST
South Africa is apprehensive about striking a new trade deal with the U.S. and would rather maintain existing relations with the world’s largest economy, the nation’s top trade official said.
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Pakistan defeat South Africa by 4 wickets(Twitter)
Pakistan defeat South Africa by 4 wickets(Twitter)

Pakistan beat SA, become first men’s team to register 100 T20I wins

PUBLISHED ON FEB 14, 2021 10:40 PM IST
Pakistan become the first men’s team to reach a century of wins in the shortest format of the game
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Vials labelled "Covid-19 Coronavirus Vaccine" and syringe are seen in front of displayed Pfizer logo in this illustration taken, February 9, 2021. (Representative image)(REUTERS)
Vials labelled "Covid-19 Coronavirus Vaccine" and syringe are seen in front of displayed Pfizer logo in this illustration taken, February 9, 2021. (Representative image)(REUTERS)

Pfizer could directly deliver Covid-19 shot to South Africa vaccination points

Reuters, Johannesburg
PUBLISHED ON FEB 10, 2021 03:55 PM IST
Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine needs to be stored and distributed at around -70 degrees Celsius, requiring countries importing it to have ultra-cold chain capabilities.
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A file photo of a nurse displaying a vial of Covishield, the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine manufactured by Serum Institute of India, at a medical centre in Mumbai, India.(HT_PRINT)
A file photo of a nurse displaying a vial of Covishield, the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine manufactured by Serum Institute of India, at a medical centre in Mumbai, India.(HT_PRINT)

As vaccines arrive, South Africa faces widespread skepticism over safety

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2021 09:36 PM IST
South Africa's decision on Sunday to suspend plans to roll out AstraZeneca's vaccine, after data showed it may not offer sufficient protection against the country's dominant coronavirus variant, has only added to Sicina's concerns.
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"It is remarkable that no death has been reported due to Covid-19 in Delhi, in the last 24 hours," Dr Paul said.(ANI)
"It is remarkable that no death has been reported due to Covid-19 in Delhi, in the last 24 hours," Dr Paul said.(ANI)

NITI Aayog says no cases of South African Covid-19 variant detected in India yet

ANI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2021 08:51 PM IST
"South Africa variant of COVID19 is under the watch. It has come forward that this variant spreads faster. As of yesterday, this particular variant is not in the country," Dr Paul said.
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The Serum Institute of India (SII), the world's biggest vaccine maker, has licenced the vaccine from AstraZeneca and Oxford University and markets it as COVISHIELD.(HT file photo)
The Serum Institute of India (SII), the world's biggest vaccine maker, has licenced the vaccine from AstraZeneca and Oxford University and markets it as COVISHIELD.(HT file photo)

India backs AstraZeneca Covid-19 shot despite South Africa halt

Reuters, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2021 06:46 PM IST
India, with the highest number of infections after the United States, has yet to detect the South African variant.
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Pakistan's team pose for a photograph with the winning trophy after defeating South Africa(AP)
Pakistan's team pose for a photograph with the winning trophy after defeating South Africa(AP)

Series win over South Africa much-needed for Pakistan cricket: Misbah

PTI
PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2021 05:11 PM IST
Talking to the media on Tuesday, Misbah said the series against South Africa was very important after the poor performance of the team in New Zealand.
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A member of the medical staff holds a vial of the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine during a visit by French Health Minister Olivier Veran at the South Ile-de-France Hospital Group, in Melun, on the outskirts of Paris, France February 8, 2021. Thomas Samson/Pool via REUTERS/Files(REUTERS)
A member of the medical staff holds a vial of the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine during a visit by French Health Minister Olivier Veran at the South Ile-de-France Hospital Group, in Melun, on the outskirts of Paris, France February 8, 2021. Thomas Samson/Pool via REUTERS/Files(REUTERS)

South Africa to roll out AstraZeneca vaccine in steps to assess efficacy

Reuters, Geneva
PUBLISHED ON FEB 08, 2021 11:26 PM IST
South Africa said on Sunday it would put on hold its use of the AstraZeneca shot after research showing it was only minimally effective in preventing mild-to-moderate illness against a variant of the coronavirus now dominant in the country.
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South Africa's Faf du Plessis walks back to pavilion while Pakistan's players celebrate his dismissal during the second day of the second Test match between Pakistan and South Africa at the Pindi Stadium in Rawalpindi(AP)
South Africa's Faf du Plessis walks back to pavilion while Pakistan's players celebrate his dismissal during the second day of the second Test match between Pakistan and South Africa at the Pindi Stadium in Rawalpindi(AP)

South Africa 106-4 in 2nd test, trails Pakistan by 166 runs

AP
PUBLISHED ON FEB 05, 2021 07:21 PM IST
South Africa trails Pakistan by 166 runs in a match it must win to draw the series.
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The E484K mutation is the same change as has been seen in the B.1.351 variant first seen in South Africa and the P.1 variant seen in Brazil.(AP)
The E484K mutation is the same change as has been seen in the B.1.351 variant first seen in South Africa and the P.1 variant seen in Brazil.(AP)

Covid-19 variant in UK picks up worrying South Africa mutation

By Binayak Dasgupta, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 03, 2021 08:24 AM IST
Vaccine makers suggested that it could make immunity from vaccines and infection of the old variant less effective.
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South Africa's Rassie van der Dussen plays a shot while during the third day of the first cricket test match between Pakistan and South Africa in Karachi(AP)
South Africa's Rassie van der Dussen plays a shot while during the third day of the first cricket test match between Pakistan and South Africa in Karachi(AP)

South Africa seek end to batting woes in 2nd Pakistan Test

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 02, 2021 04:13 PM IST
South Africa have passed 300 just three times in their last 25 innings on the sub-continent and Van der Dussen said they had to adjust to conditions better in the second test starting in Rawalpindi on Thursday.
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Fawad Alam walks back to the pavilion after his dismissal during the second day of the first cricket test match between Pakistan and South Africa at the National Stadium, in Karachi(AP)
Fawad Alam walks back to the pavilion after his dismissal during the second day of the first cricket test match between Pakistan and South Africa at the National Stadium, in Karachi(AP)

‘Who’ll be answerable for not selecting him all these years?’

By hindustantimes.com
PUBLISHED ON JAN 28, 2021 09:27 PM IST
Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has asked who will be held responsible for the omission of the dynamic batsman from the national side.
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Pakistan's Abid Ali celebrates with teammates after taking the catch of South Africa's Rassie van der Dussen during the third day of the first cricket test match between Pakistan and South Africa in Karachi.(AP)
Pakistan's Abid Ali celebrates with teammates after taking the catch of South Africa's Rassie van der Dussen during the third day of the first cricket test match between Pakistan and South Africa in Karachi.(AP)

Pakistan seize control of 1st test with 3 late wickets

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 28, 2021 06:55 PM IST
Aiden Markram and Rassie van der Dussen led South Africa's resistance in overturning a 158-run first-innings deficit.
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Photo of South African pacer Kagiso Rabada(AP)
Photo of South African pacer Kagiso Rabada(AP)

Kagiso Rabada cleans up Hasan Ali to claim his 200th Test wicket - WATCH

By hindustantimes.com
PUBLISHED ON JAN 28, 2021 01:17 PM IST
Kagiso Rabada, playing his 44th test, is now the youngest South African to complete 200 test wickets. He returned with figures of 3-70.
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New Zealand tightens quarantine, Australia's decision on travel bubble awaited(Twitter/DStone2RC)
New Zealand tightens quarantine, Australia's decision on travel bubble awaited(Twitter/DStone2RC)

New Zealand tightens quarantine, Australia's decision on travel bubble awaited

Reuters
UPDATED ON JAN 28, 2021 08:51 AM IST
New Zealand tightens quarantine as Australia decides on resuming travel bubble under which travellers could arrive in Australia from New Zealand without the need to quarantine for 14 days.
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FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2021, file photo a medical staff member prepares the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Tudor Ranch in Mecca, Calif. Health insurance giant Blue Shield of California will be the outside administrator tasked with ramping up the state's coronavirus vaccine delivery system, which to date has been slow, stilted and plagued by confusion, the state health agency said in a statement Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)(AP)
FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2021, file photo a medical staff member prepares the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Tudor Ranch in Mecca, Calif. Health insurance giant Blue Shield of California will be the outside administrator tasked with ramping up the state's coronavirus vaccine delivery system, which to date has been slow, stilted and plagued by confusion, the state health agency said in a statement Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)(AP)

Pfizer vaccine only slightly less effective against key S.African variant: Study

Reuters, New York
PUBLISHED ON JAN 28, 2021 06:13 AM IST
The study was conducted on blood taken from people who had been given the vaccine. Its findings are limited, because it does not look at the full set of mutations found in the new South African variant.
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Pakistan's Fawad Alam celebrates after scoring a century during the second day of the first cricket test match between Pakistan and South Africa at the National Stadium, in Karachi(AP)
Pakistan's Fawad Alam celebrates after scoring a century during the second day of the first cricket test match between Pakistan and South Africa at the National Stadium, in Karachi(AP)

Fawad Alam's century leads Pakistan to 308-8 vs South Africa

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 07:17 PM IST
The 35-year-old Alam hit nine fours and two sixes in a patient 109 off 245 balls, compiled in just under six hours, to help his team reach 308-8 at stumps.
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Representational Image(AP)
Representational Image(AP)

Australia board asked about vaccine timeline for South Africa tour

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 01:49 PM IST
Australia named a squad on Wednesday for the three-test tour which is expected to kick off later next month, though dates and venues are yet to be confirmed.
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South Africa’s government started a 1.2 billion rand ($79.4 million) fund aimed at reviving the ailing tourism industry.(Unsplash)
South Africa’s government started a 1.2 billion rand ($79.4 million) fund aimed at reviving the ailing tourism industry.(Unsplash)

South Africa starts $79 million fund to help tourism industry

Bloomberg
UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2021 12:51 PM IST
South Africa’s government started a 1.2 billion rand ($79.4 million) fund aimed at reviving the ailing tourism industry.
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Brazil temporarily bans flights from South Africa, UK to prevent Covid-19 spread(Reuters)
Brazil temporarily bans flights from South Africa, UK to prevent Covid-19 spread(Reuters)

Brazil temporarily bans flights from South Africa, UK to prevent Covid-19 spread

ANI
UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2021 08:09 AM IST
International flights to Brazil, which depart from or pass through the United Kingdom and South Africa, have been temporarily banned to curb Covid-19 spread as new mutant strains of coronavirus have been detected in South Africa and earlier in UK
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Photo of left-arm spinner Nauman Ali(ICC/Twitter)
Photo of left-arm spinner Nauman Ali(ICC/Twitter)

Debutante Nauman Ali opens up on his long journey to Pakistan team

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 07:45 PM IST
Coming from a small town 'Khipro', a subdivision of the Sanghar division in Pakistan's southern Sindh province, Nauman is among a handful of players from the rural areas of the province to get a chance to play for the national team.
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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa visits the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) treatment facilities in Johannesburg, South Africa.(Reuters)
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa visits the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) treatment facilities in Johannesburg, South Africa.(Reuters)

Stop hoarding Covid vaccines, South Africa's Ramaphosa tells rich countries

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 03:01 PM IST
Ramaphosa, who currently chairs the African Union, said African countries wanted access to vaccines as quickly as other nations.
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Pakistan's skipper Babar Azam, center, kicks a soccer ball during a practice session at National Stadium in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. Pakistan will play the first test match against South Africa on Jan. 26. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)(AP)
Pakistan's skipper Babar Azam, center, kicks a soccer ball during a practice session at National Stadium in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. Pakistan will play the first test match against South Africa on Jan. 26. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)(AP)

Babar Azam hopes to counter tough Proteas in own conditions

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 04:50 PM IST
Azam has recovered from a thumb injury that kept him out of the two-test series in New Zealand, which Pakistan lost 2-0.
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File photo of South African batsman Faf du Plessis(AP)
File photo of South African batsman Faf du Plessis(AP)

Du Plessis preparing for unexpected test series in Pakistan

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 02:30 PM IST
Faf du Plessis is expected to form the nucleus of the Proteas batting in the upcoming two-test series which will be first for South Africa in Pakistan in over 13 years.
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Researchers also say that the evolution of Sars-Cov-2 at present does not pose a major risk since the changes seen even till now do not make existing immunity (from older infections) or vaccines completely obsolete.(REUTERS)
Researchers also say that the evolution of Sars-Cov-2 at present does not pose a major risk since the changes seen even till now do not make existing immunity (from older infections) or vaccines completely obsolete.(REUTERS)

Covid: South African, Brazilian strains raise new fears on vaccines, immunity

UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2021 04:57 AM IST
The first major mutation of the Sars-Cov-2 virus was reported from the UK in the so-called B.1.1.7 variant (also called VOC202012/01) ; authorities said in December that it was more infectious, and it was later seen as a factor in leading to the country’s worst wave yet.
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Photo of South African batsman Heinrich Klassen(Twitter)
Photo of South African batsman Heinrich Klassen(Twitter)

Heinrich Klaasen to lead South Africa in Pakistan T20I series

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 10:44 PM IST
The T20 matches will be played from Feb. 11-14 in Lahore and will feature very few of South Africa’s leading players in the format, with the likes of Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje all returning home after the two-match test series.
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