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Despite the AstraZeneca setback, there’s still a lot to cheer about

Two of SA’s top scientists, profs Glenda Gray and Shabir Madhi, are still upbeat about the vaccine rollout

Senior science reporter

The honeymoon phase might be over and reality has bitten, but there is still much to celebrate as vaccines show high promise in tackling Covid-19.

This is the sentiment of two of the country’s top scientists, both who are at the coal face of Covid-19 research in SA: Prof Glenda Gray, who leads the SA Medical Research Council, and vaccinology professor Shabir Madhi from Wits University.

Madhi said that, in March last year, when scientists said we would have a vaccine within 18 months, he felt “sceptical” — yet, “now we have seven that have been authorised by at least one regulatory authority”...

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