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‘To enhance confidence in COVID-19 vaccines, it is essential that the public is reassured that systems are in place for identification of any hitherto unrecognised vaccine side effects even if these are likely to be extremely rare. This initiative offers an opportunity to support such programs across multiple countries.’
- Shabir Madhi, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, WITS University. Co-Director.
‘Personally, I am most excited to bring a greater focus on the vaccine landscape in Africa and in doing so demonstrate the impact that improving vaccine uptake and rollout will have on the course of the pandemic.’
- Oliver Watson, Schmidt Science Fellow, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Imperial College, London
‘We are not safe until we are all safe. VacSafe works to help Africa and all of us.'
- David Benello, Chairman, Sirti S.A and V-Nova Ltd.p
‘Having effective vaccine safety surveillance systems is a heavy lift worldwide, especially in Africa, but it can be done if we focus, get the right partners, and work at it.’
- Wilmot James Center for Pandemic Research, Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP). Convenor.
‘The WHO has recognized vaccine hesitancy as one of the top threats to global health. The VacSafe Working Group provides the opportunity to work with an exceptional cadre of international experts to explore innovative, large scale approaches to addressing the problem. I am honored to be a member of such a remarkable group with such a critical mission.’
- Lawrence Stanberry, Associate Dean, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. Co-Director.
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.
Members of the VacSafe Working Group compile a monthly briefing for the United States' Congressional Research Service.
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.
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!
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.