The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that it is pausing clinical trials on the use of the controversial malaria drug, hydroxychloroquine, to treat patients with COVID-19. This was one of four experimental treatments being investigated by the organization and has been under intense scrutiny for some time after it was championed by tech mogul Elon […]

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Hydroxychloroquine Trials for COVID-19 Suspended by WHO

IoT sensors that monitor body temperature in real-time and are implemented at a large scale could provide geolocation data that would allow potential quarantine areas to be rapidly identified. Through this, the idea is to shut down emerging viruses before a pandemic could take hold. IoT security firm WISeKey says it is working on such […]

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New IoT System Could Detect Future Virus Outbreaks

Facebook, the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) and the Western Cape Blood Service (WCBS) are working together to encourage people to donate blood. Starting on Monday, 18 May 2020, South Africans who are over 18 years old will have the option to sign up as blood donors on Facebook, be notified when blood donor […]

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Facebook and SANBS Partner to Increase Blood Donations in South Africa

While vaccines for the world-stopping coronavirus could be months, or even years away – there are some researchers who are looking to see if they can stop people who are at high risk of getting sick in the first place. The Verge writes that this is a proven strategy and preventative drugs have been used […]

Continue Reading HIV-Fighting Strategy Could Help Against COVID-19

HIV-Fighting Strategy Could Help Against COVID-19

As more South Africans return to work in May, workplaces are re-designing to combat COVID-19 infection, while simultaneously reassuring workers are the new priority. Fortunately, South African innovation is rising to the challenge of reimagining shared workspaces in the COVID-19 era and a timely example of this is HealthID. Launched this week by a group […]

Continue Reading Workplace Health Surveillance Tool Launched in South Africa

Workplace Health Surveillance Tool Launched in South Africa

In Wuhan, China, when the rate of coronavirus infection was at its highest, doctors were able to use an AI algorithm to scan the lungs of thousands of patients. The algorithm in question, developed by Axial AI, analyses CT imagery in seconds. It is able to declare whether a patient has a high risk of […]

Continue Reading Groundbreaking AI Scans Lungs for COVID-19 Presence

Groundbreaking AI Scans Lungs for COVID-19 Presence

Many of South Africa’s healthcare facilities still run legacy systems that operate in silos, which means data needs to go through a streamlining process first. As this information is raw data, it might not correspond with other system architectures, meaning that information might not be in a format that can be used or read. Secondly, […]

Continue Reading Interoperability within Healthcare is Needed Now More than Ever

Interoperability within Healthcare is Needed Now More than Ever

Biotech company 54Gene has increased Nigeria’s laboratory testing capacity for COVID-19 with a mobile laboratory in Ogun, a state in the South-West of the country. In addition to its DNA biobank lab in Lagos, the number of molecular laboratories in the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)’s network of coronavirus test centres rises to 17 […]

Continue Reading Biotech Startup Rolls Out Mobile Lab to Boost COVID-19 Testing in Nigeria

Biotech Startup Rolls Out Mobile Lab to Boost COVID-19 Testing in Nigeria

A group of researchers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) are developing a smartphone app that will help the South African government track people who may be unaware that they have contracted COVID-19, writes SABC News. The app will also track those that have come into contact with people who have tested positive. Named […]

Continue Reading SA Government, UCT Partner on COVID-19 Tracing App

SA Government, UCT Partner on COVID-19 Tracing App

JUMEME, a mini-grid operator in Tanzania – co-funded by the European Commission, has launched a “COVID-19 Relief Programme” to support the Tanzanian government and local populations in their effort to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. With this programme, JUMEME says it will use its local solar-hybrid mini-grids to provide 10 healthcare facilities in the Lake Victoria […]

Continue Reading JUMEME to Provide Free Electricity to 10 Healthcare Centres in Tanzania

JUMEME to Provide Free Electricity to 10 Healthcare Centres in Tanzania

The coronavirus has affected nearly every aspect of daily life. It has spread or is spreading to every corner of the globe, and it’s re-shaping the way business and political leaders think about healthcare and the healthcare industry. Indeed, it’s naive to think that everything will return to “normal” in a few months. The truth […]

Continue Reading What Will the Healthcare Industry Look Like After COVID-19?

What Will the Healthcare Industry Look Like After COVID-19?

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) will begin repurposing equipment designed for HIV and tuberculosis tests to accelerate COVID-19 testing, reports Tech Cabal. This is according to Chikwe Ihekweazu, director-general of the NCDC, who relayed the information on an audience participation video session on Thursday last week – live-streamed on Facebook and Twitter. NCDC […]

Continue Reading Nigeria to Use HIV Test Equipment to Accelerate COVID-19 Testing

Nigeria to Use HIV Test Equipment to Accelerate COVID-19 Testing

South Africa’s health minister has advocated the widespread use of masks for all citizens and now just about everything from cloth masks to regulation N95 masks are in limited supply. Now more than ever should South Africans understand the capabilities of the masks they wear, the difference between them and how they can effectively stop […]

Continue Reading Face Masks vs. Respirators – What’s the Difference?

Face Masks vs. Respirators – What’s the Difference?

‘Safe Hands Kenya’ is the nationwide public health awareness campaign backed by renowned Kenyan tech firms including Twiga, Jumia, KOKO Networks, Ushahidi, Copia, Lynk and M-KOPA. They join a broad alliance of community organisations providing rapid mass sanitation with free-hand sanitizer, soap, surface disinfectants and masks for all Kenyans in the fight against COVID-19. This […]

Continue Reading African Tech Companies Unite Against COVID-19 through Safe Hands Kenya Alliance

African Tech Companies Unite Against COVID-19 through Safe Hands Kenya Alliance

South African researchers announced the successful genome sequencing of a local sample of SARS-CoV-2, otherwise known as the novel coronavirus, in a report via Maverick Citizen. Scientists at the NICD (National Institute of Communicable Diseases) together with the South African National Bioinformatics Institute (Sanbi) at the University of Western Cape were able to collect, analyze, […]

Continue Reading African Scientists Successfully Sequence Local COVID-19 Genome

African Scientists Successfully Sequence Local COVID-19 Genome

The world continues to reel from the impact of the novel coronavirus – a massive, spanning crisis that is meeting almost all aspects of our lives in some capacity. Economies stutter, businesses suffer, and human lives are lost. Amidst the pandemic, and the billions of lives in lockdown, there are companies and organizations looking for […]

Continue Reading COVID-19 Vaccine Backed by Bill and Melinda Gates Enters Human Trials

COVID-19 Vaccine Backed by Bill and Melinda Gates Enters Human Trials

Facebook is ramping up efforts to help researchers and healthcare workers better understand the spread of COVID-19 through the Data for Good programme. In an official blog post, the social media giant says in order for public health systems to put the right kind of guidelines in place they need “better information on whether preventive measures […]

Continue Reading Facebook wants to Share User Location Data during COVID-19 Pandemic

Facebook wants to Share User Location Data during COVID-19 Pandemic

Emergency doctors at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, in Johannesburg, South Africa, have innovated a new way to protect healthcare workers from COVID-19, reports Times Select. The development team managed to secure private sector funding within two days, and have already begun rolling the device out in their own hospital. Future plans involve sending the device out […]

Continue Reading COVID-19 News: Johannesburg Hospital Innovates Device that Protects Healthcare Workers from Infection

COVID-19 News: Johannesburg Hospital Innovates Device that Protects Healthcare Workers from Infection

Every country around the world has scientists working around the clock to find a COVID-19 vaccine. While the world waits in anticipation, the reality is, the creation of a vaccine may be months away. In fact, after many trials, it may not be ready for the world until next year. In the meantime, many doctors […]

Continue Reading Four Advances in Medicine that could Help Patients with Coronavirus

Four Advances in Medicine that could Help Patients with Coronavirus

The novel coronavirus has now reached nearly every corner of the globe, with billions under lockdown conditions, a million infected and thousands dead. Keeping informed in these unprecedented times can be difficult with all that’s ongoing in the world today. Different news sources can tell of different topics, different angles and sometimes it’s not to […]

Continue Reading The 3 Best Ways to Track the Coronavirus Pandemic

The 3 Best Ways to Track the Coronavirus Pandemic

Last week, LifeBank announced via Instagram that it was building a national register of ventilators, respirators and ICU beds in Nigeria – reports Tech Cabal. LifeBank founder, Temie Giwa-Tubosun says that they had found 126 units, possibly comprising all three equipment categories as the company had reached 200 hospitals across the country. Now, two days […]

Continue Reading COVID-19 News: Tech Companies Work to Solve the Ventilator Shortage in Nigeria

COVID-19 News: Tech Companies Work to Solve the Ventilator Shortage in Nigeria

Whilst many individuals, companies and manufacturers initially stocked up on disinfectants and sanitisers at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, did they foresee just how long these stocks would last? There are already many countries stopping exports of raw materials and ingredients needed to manufacture these vital products, of particular importance for our workforce at […]

Continue Reading South African Biotech Announces New Virucidal Disinfectant

South African Biotech Announces New Virucidal Disinfectant

Medical device company Abbott has produced a new COVID-19 test that can return positive results in five minutes – and the device is compact enough to be run in a doctor’s office – according to The Verge. Medical device company Abbott has produced a new COVID-19 test that can return positive results in five minutes.Click […]

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New COVID-19 Test Can Return Results in 5 Minutes

The world is reeling from the impact of the novel coronavirus, companies are suffering from cuts in profits and thousands of employees are forced home. However, what seems like a desperate moment in history can actually be turned into a great opportunity. Why, you might ask? The answer is simple, necessity is the mother of […]

Continue Reading 3 Innovative Opportunities COVID-19 has Created for Tech Companies

3 Innovative Opportunities COVID-19 has Created for Tech Companies

South African Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that the flu vaccine will begin to be rationed, this is according to Business Insider. The flu vaccine is designed to combat multiple strains of the ever-mutating common influenza virus and is updated annually to keep up with the latest strains. In terms of the novel coronavirus, […]

Continue Reading The Surprising Way Flu Vaccines Can Help Fight COVID-19

The Surprising Way Flu Vaccines Can Help Fight COVID-19

Medical diagnostics distributor, Redbird has launched a COVID-19 Daily Check-in App and Symptom Tracker in its bid to counter the spread of Coronavirus across the African continent. Accessible as a browser-based app via covid19.redbird.co, Redbird’s COVID-19 check-in app is a way for every person to self-report symptoms without needing to visit a healthcare facility and […]

Continue Reading Ghanaian Startup Launches COVID-19 Symptom Tracker App

Ghanaian Startup Launches COVID-19 Symptom Tracker App

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues across the world, malicious cyber-attackers are seeking to take advantage of the situation by launching new coronavirus-related attacks. And according to the World Health Organization (WHO) CISO, Flavio Aggio, those attacks have more than doubled amid the crisis. “Cybercriminals have long used crisis situations to further their own agendas, and […]

Continue Reading Cyberattacks Aimed at WHO Double Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Cyberattacks Aimed at WHO Double Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Nigerian health and biotech startup 54Gene has raised $500,000 for a fund aimed at improving Nigeria’s capacity to carry out tests fro COVID-19. Known as the Nigeria COVID-19 Testing Support Fund – this fund will enable the ramping up of for the testing of the virus by up to 1000 additional tests a day, says […]

Continue Reading Nigerian Biotech Startup Raises $500,000 to Boost COVID-19 Testing

Nigerian Biotech Startup Raises $500,000 to Boost COVID-19 Testing

Qode Health Solutions (Qode) has configured their existing Lynx, Insight and Knowledge Center solutions used by various USAID and CDC-funded partners from several countries, including South Africa, in the fight against HIV/AIDS to address the COVID-19 pandemic. The solutions are ready for deployment and can assist in dispensing Facility Readiness Assessments to cope with the […]

Continue Reading COVID-19 News: HIV/AIDS Detection Tech Adapted to Fight Coronavirus

COVID-19 News: HIV/AIDS Detection Tech Adapted to Fight Coronavirus

Around the world, about 35 companies and institutions are racing to craft the much-needed vaccine for COVID-19, and The Guardian reports, that at least four of them have candidates ready for human trials. At the forefront of these candidates is a proposed vaccine from Boston-based biotech Moderna, which is expected to enter trials very soon. […]

Continue Reading COVID-19 News: A Vaccine is being Tested on Humans, but when will it be Ready?

COVID-19 News: A Vaccine is being Tested on Humans, but when will it be Ready?

The University of Johannesburg (UJ)’s Institute for Intelligent Systems has developed a tech-driven toolkit to assist healthcare practitioners to monitor and diagnose patients, reports IT Web. The device is named e-mutakalo, the Tshivenda word for “Health”. The new smart toolkit collects, processes and analyses real-time vital signs. UJ says that this means it can automatically […]

Continue Reading University of Johannesburg Develops New E-Device to Monitor Health Stats

University of Johannesburg Develops New E-Device to Monitor Health Stats

Nowadays we all really need to try our best to not touch our faces. It’s a society-wide effort in the face of COVID-19. Everyone from politicians and healthcare experts to content creators are warning against, but honestly – virus or no virus we should all be trying to live a more hygienic lifestyle. Enter Immutouch. […]

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New Wristband Buzzes When Your Hands Go Near Your Face

Certain products from Apple, Facebook and HP are in short supply all over the world in a possible sign that the Covid-19 Coronavirus outbreak is having a dire and widespread effect on the global manufacturing system, reports My Broadband via Bloomberg. Apple Apple’s iPad Pro tablets are seeing limited availability at stores in major cities […]

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Apple and other Tech Heavyweights face Shortages due to Coronavirus

A highly popular game that lets players simulate virus, bacterial and fungal invasions all over the world has been removed from Apple and Xiaomi app stores, with users unable to install the game. The game had been enjoying a renewed popularity since the Covid-19 outbreak, writes Technode. Chinese authorities have on occasion banned adult content […]

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Plague Inc. – Popular Game About Simulating Pandemics Banned from Chinese App Stores

The novel coronavirus outbreak has had unprecedented impacts on the globe – from halted travel and complete city shit downs to major cuts in tech manufacturing. And companies relying on goods from China have had to deal with a decline in revenue as a result. However, one tech giant Huawei – the second-largest smartphone distributor […]

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Is Huawei trivialising the Impact of the Coronavirus?

An AI algorithm created at MIT has just discovered a powerful new antibiotic that kills some of the world’s most dangerous drug-resistant bacteria. “In terms of antibiotic discovery, this is absolutely a first,” said Regina Barzilay, a senior researcher on the project and specialist in machine learning at MIT The drug itself works in a […]

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Continue Reading AI Algorithm Discovers One of World’s Most Powerful Antibiotics

AI Algorithm Discovers One of World’s Most Powerful Antibiotics

Since emerging in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019, the coronavirus has spread around the world. As of February 2020, the death toll within mainland China exceeded 1,113, with 44,563 confirmed cases. As the outbreak grew, so did public questions and concerns. To help address those fears and resolve the crisis, public safety officials […]

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Here’s how drones help fight the coronavirus

Due to advancements in genetic technology, fighting the coronavirus now is much easier, faster and cheaper than it would be a few years ago. Only two weeks after the virus was reported to the World Health Organisation (WHO), scientists were able to isolate the virus and understand its’ entire sequence of genetic material – its […]

Continue Reading How Advancements in Biotech Help Fight the Coronavirus

How Advancements in Biotech Help Fight the Coronavirus

As Apple stores in China close their doors and Uber Mexico bans passengers suspected of being contaminated, other companies are effectively locking down in response to the spread of the much-feared Wuhan Coronavirus. Here’s a closer look at three ways the virus is affecting the tech industry: 1. Apple China Shuts its Doors Apple has [&hellip

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3 Ways the Coronavirus Impacting Tech Around the World