Zimsec June exams cancelled

The June 2021 Zimsec public examinations for both O and A-Levels have been cancelled following disruptions caused by Covid-19 and the resulting lockdown with those who had wanted to sit in June now joining the large majority who are being prepared to sit in November. Other Covid-19 related measures announced yesterday include new higher-security vaccination […]

President assents to ZMC Act

The Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) Act which sailed through Parliament recently has now assumed legal force and effect after President assented to it in terms of the Constitution. The Act seeks to amend Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) as the Second Republic led by President Mnangagwa continues in its expansive agenda […]

ZMC Act assumes legal force

The Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) Act, which sailed through Parliament recently, has now assumed legal force and effect after the President assented to it in terms of the Constitution. The Constitution also allowed Parliament to enact legislation to allow the commission to investigate complaints against the media and against journalists, and the new Act does […]

Types of vaccines for COVID-19

Vaccines train your immune system using a harmless form of the virus, SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19. Vaccines stimulate an immune response without causing illness. Each type of vaccine for COVID-19 works differently to introduce antigens, which are unique features of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, to your body. The antigen triggers a specific immune response and this response […]

COVID-19 Vaccines

A vaccine that prevents COVID-19 would teach our immune system to recognize the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Then, whenever we are exposed to the virus, our immune system would be ready to leap into action, fight off the virus, and keep us healthy. Why do we need COVID-19 vaccines? To date, more than 20 million COVID-19 cases […]

How have Covid-19 vaccines been made quickly and safely?

Unprecedented international cooperation and focus have led to multiple effective and safe Covid-19 vaccines in less than a year, and created a blueprint for future vaccine development. Here’s how. The Covid-19 pandemic threatens every one of us, wherever we are, which has demanded a new global approach to vaccine development. There has been unprecedented international attention, […]

How are vaccines tested to ensure they are safe and effective?

Vaccine candidates are tested many times in progressively larger clinical trials to ensure they are safe and effective. The first clinical studies in humans are phase 1 clinical trials which primarily assess the initial safety of the vaccine and identify the correct dose. Phase I clinical trials typically enroll tens or hundreds of healthy adults. Vaccine candidates that […]