Those most at risk of having severe outcomes, when contracting the annual flu, are urged to also get their yearly flu vaccination.

According to the World Health Organization, people with underlying health conditions and the elderly, have more severe manifestations of influenza.

The WHO’s Director for Infectious Diseases Management, Dr. Sylvie Briand says getting the flu vaccination can help give patients better protection in the winter season.

Briand says the vaccine has been proven to be safe and effective.

Watch Briand’s full briefing here.

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Health Minister Dr. Joe Phaahla says he is concerned about the decline in the number of Covid-19 vaccinations that are now, on a daily basis, being administered across the country.

Phaahla says during the height of the country’s vaccination campaign up to 300,000 injections were being administered on a daily basis.

The figure has now dropped to below 100,000 per day.

The Minister says it is especially young people who do not register for and go for their injections.

Access the full briefing here.

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The Access to Covid-19 Tools Accelerator initiative needs another US$ 23-billion to facilitate the global delivery of Covid-19 vaccines.

According to the WHO Director-General, Tedros Ghebreyesus there is a gap of US$ 16-billion that needs to be urgently filled to address the threat of Omicron and to slow down the emergence of new variants.

Ghebreyesus urged higher-income countries to do their part to fund this urgent shortfall.

President Cyril Ramaphosa says almost 2 years, after the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, millions of Africans have still not had access to at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Ramaphosa reiterated calls by Tedros Ghebreyesus that first-World nations should do more to address the global vaccine inequity.

He says although the ACT-A initiative has made a lot of progress, it will take a lot more to defeat the global pandemic.

Watch the full briefing here.

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While you and I were still decyphering Uncle Cyril’s #FamilyMeeting speech,  Texas governor, Greg Abbott, took it upon himself to go after South Africa. Yes. One man versus a country of over 57 million.

We’re no strangers to politicking by why involve South Africa in American affairs and besides, there’s a whole ocean to cross.

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Wrong Answers Only, how are you getting to Texas? Maurice and Angel heard from Cape Town how they’re getting to Texas.

 

The best one came from Jean.

This is Kobus’s face after arriving in Texas.

Maurice had one question though.

 

Trump had something to say about that…

 

 

Tune into the Smile Drive with Maurice and Angel, every weekday from 3 pm to 6pm.

Premier Alan Winde has encouraged Mother City residents to make use of the Vaxi Taxi initiative to get their Covid-19 vaccine.

The initiative uses two EMS ambulances and visits residents in their communities, allowing easier access to an injection.

Since its launch in October, the initiative has already vaccinated around 2000 Cape Town residents in the Gugulethu, Kuilsriver and Khayelitsha communities.

Get the latest Western Cape Covid-19 updates here.

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