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How SA’s medicine swot team delivers fast decisions on Covid treatments

The team has published findings from its first six months and approved just one of 14 drugs: dexamethasone

Cape Town bureau chief

When a pandemic strikes and the leader of the free world starts thinking out loud about injecting bleach, there’s an obvious question: who do you believe?

The answer, for South Africans, is a subcommittee of 14 scientists, with strings of letters after their names, who formed a swot team to assess new treatments.

With the same number of reports under its belt, the team — officially the national essential medicines list therapeutic guidelines subcommittee on Covid-19 — reflected on its first six months in an article on Tuesday in the SA Medical Journal (http://www.samj.org.za/index.php/samj/article/view/13086). It has approved just one drug and advised against using 13...

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