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Barry Schoub | The year we gained a vaccine

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Most countries of the world, including South Africa, will need to approach population vaccination in stages, says the writer.
Most countries of the world, including South Africa, will need to approach population vaccination in stages, says the writer.
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With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, vaccines have been successfully produced some 11 months after the virus was first detected - a process which would normally take up to a decade or two, writes Barry Schoub.

In December 2019, global health authorities were alerted to a cluster of unusual pneumonias in the city of Wuhan in central China.

A year later, 10 December 2020, the ensuing pandemic of the SARS CoV-2 coronavirus had claimed over one and a half million lives and caused illness in close on 70 million people worldwide, some of whom would suffer the debilitating long-term consequences of the illness - the so-called "long Covid".

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