VacSafe WG Activity

Vaccine Information Network

The Vaccine Information Network (VIN) builds and tests a vaccine-safety surveillance system for currently approved COVID-19 vaccines at sites in southern Africa. The pilot will serve as a proof-of-concept that will be used to build national systems.

VacSafe Africa Brief

Members of the VacSafe Working Group compile a monthly briefing for the United States' Congressional Research Service.


May 06, 2022

All these regulations have done very little to protect people from COVID-19

Wits University dean of the faculty of Health Sciences Professor Shabir Madhi says people are wearing the wrong masks and wearing them wrong.

Wits University dean of the faculty of Health Sciences, Professor Shabir Madhi says the health department has been agnostic in trying to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Speaking to Bongani Bingwa, Madhi says people have been wearing the wrong masks and wearing them wrong.

On Thursday, the department of health cleared the confusion over the wearing of masks for school children as gazetted on Wednesday night.

April 22, 2022

South African scientist Shabir Madhi has become a respected figure the world over as he advocates for jabs to fight Covid

If the theme song from Ghostbusters could be adapted to the fight against Covid it might go something like this: if there’s a weird virus/in your neighbourhood/who you gonna call? Shabir Madhi!

The good doctor’s number is the one everyone dials when they want to know something about the pandemic. Cases increasing? Call Shabir! A new variant running rampant? Call Shabir! Clarification needed about vaccines? Call Shabir!

March 23, 2022

Madhi: COVID-19 regulations inconsistent and contradict what is happening in SA

Wits professor of vaccinology Shabir Madhi reflects on the government's move to adjusted level 1 regulations.

Wits professor of vaccinology Shabir Madhi says the government seems to have failed to comprehend that the country is in a different phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The country no longer needs to operate under code red, as over 80% of the population have developed protection against sever disease and death, he says.

He shares these sentiments at the back of further lifting of COVID-19 protocols by President Cyril Ramaphosa.