Making this decision is hard but you have to make it for yourself, based on the research you trust, writes Mandy Wiener.
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We should all - journalists, scientists, politicians and political commentators, those praying so diligently and uncritically at the feet of the social media gods, be very careful of how we select and accept reality, writes George Claassen.
Rationality and common sense must prevail. Governance concerns aside, the acting DG’s actions towards the MRC President also raise concerns about academic freedom and freedom of expression, which are constitutionally enshrined rights in South Africa, writes Jerome Amir Singh, Adam Habib and Jonathan Jansen.
If we are going to learn to live with the coronavirus, it is important that government desist from castigating scientists and appreciate the contribution they are making in helping us understand the challenges we are confronted with, writes Ralph Mathekga.
The SA Medical Research Council board has apologised to the Ministerial Advisory Committee for comments made by its president, Professor Glenda Gray, and says it will institute a fact-finding investigation into the "damage" the comments may have caused.
Our duty is not to paper over the obvious cracks in the government's Covid-19 strategy, writes Adriaan Basson.
About 180 members of the scientific community come out in support of Professor Glenda Gray following a request by the health department to launch an investigation into her.
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Professor Glenda Gray has told News24 that she feels she is being singled out, saying it is 'worrying' after Health Minister Zweli Mkhize slammed her criticism of government's Covid-19 lockdown strategy and regulations.
The price we pay for a lockdown - increased malnourishment of children and the poor, disruption of routine vaccination and suspended elective surgery - has become too high, writes Adriaan Basson.
Experts advising government who have voiced criticism over the implementation of certain Covid-19 lockdown regulations and the phased easing approach, faced a hard-nosed dressing down from health officials during a heated ministerial advisory committee meeting, News24 understands.
Three top academics lambast acting health director general Anban Pillay's comments against Professor Glenda Gray, president of the SAMRC, saying it was calculated to shame and intimidate her.
South African Medical Research Council president and member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee Professor Glenda Gray has expressed her gratitude after the South African Medical Research Council cleared her for recent comments about government's Covid-19 lockdown regulations.
The SAMRC board's decision to investigate Glenda Gray has "crossed the line from holding someone to account to a witch hunt", Adam Habib says.
On Sunday night, Ramaphosa took charge of the crisis and showed the authoritarians in Cabinet that he is still the boss, writes Adriaan Basson.
Another top scientist and member of Health Minister Zweli Mkhize's Ministerial Advisory Committee on Covid-19 has come out in support of Professor Glenda Gray, accusing the government of not consulting the country's top scientists on lockdown regulations.
The vice-chancellor of the University of Witwatersrand, Adam Habib, and academic Professor Jonathan Jansen took to their respective social media pages on Friday evening to raise concerns about the action taken against Professor Glenda Gray following her public utterances.
Medical experts at the South African Medical Research Council have harvested live coronavirus as an additional control for validating tests, according to a statement issued by the council.
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize slates Professor Glenda Gray for an “attack” on the government relating to her criticism of the country’s Covid-19 response. Read his statement in full here.
The lockdown measures, as well as social health interventions like hand-washing, physical distancing and mask wearing, have largely been due to the advice of the Ministerial Advisory Committee.
The government's phased exit from the lockdown is nonsensical and unscientific, says one of the top scientists advising it.
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