During the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw the remarkable power of genomics in helping us keep track of new viral variants. Several scientists argue that Africa should continue to invest in genomics to support disease control and public health. Sue Segar asks what this means in practice and why it is considered so critically important.
Health experts expect this year’s flu season in South Africa to be far less severe than flu seasons prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, but more severe than last year. Adele Baleta reports on the reasons for thinking this and what we know about this year’s flu vaccines and their efficacy.
While COVID-19 cases are surging in South Africa off the back of the dominant Delta variant, the flu virus has virtually vanished. Only 50 influenza cases have been detected so far this year through the country’s influenza monitoring system. Adele Baleta unpacks what is going on.