Blood Clots, A Very Common Symptom In Persons With Severe COVID-19

THERE is a high probability of recording high blood clots cases in persons who are admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and those with severe COVID-19 symptoms than in other groups, a top immunologist has said. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking during an informal meeting with Journalists recently, Dr Tinashe Gede said in as much as there has been concern over people developing blood clots from vaccines elsewhere in the world, the incidence of thrombosis or blood clots, COVID-19 had proved to be the most highly pro-thrombotic illness to have…

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Zimbabwe Should Rethink Vaccine Deployment Strategy

ZIMBABWE has been urged to re-look its national vaccination distribution strategy in order to increase uptake and move close towards vaccinating at least 60 percent of the population. By Michael Gwarisa The country commenced vaccinating its citizens in March 2021 following a delivery of the Sinopharm doses from the Republic of China. Even though at first, there was vaccine hesitancy more people are now coming forward willingly to get vaccinated. However, there been reports of shortages of vaccines dosses across the country of late. Immunologist and Medical Expert, Dr Tinashe…

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Rejecting Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Unscientific

THE decision by  the Zimbabwen government to reject the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on the grounds of safety and storage issues might not be the in the best interests of citizens and lacks the scientific evidence to back the reasons up, a leading local Immunologist has said. By Michael Gwarisa This comes after revelations that the  technology that was used to develop the Sputnik V vaccine that was recently donated by Russia to Zimbabwe is the same as the one that was used to develop the Johnson & Johnson Vaccines…

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#LongReadAhead: Vaccines Efficacy And Effectiveness Explained

Dr Tinashe Gede

THE arrival of the coronavirus on our shores has to a larger extent planted an appetite for reading and commenting around health-related issues even amongst non-medical people. All of a sudden everyone is now a public health or medical analyst and this is largely due to information gaps present in our communities. By Michael Gwarisa The World Health Organisation (WHO) identified information and communication as a key pillar to the pandemic response amongst the eight pillars the world heath body has set. However, when not managed and disseminated well, information…

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Zimbabwe COVID-19 Case Fatality Among The Highest In The World-Expert

IN as much as Zimbabwe’s deaths from COVID-19 are relatively lower than those being recorded in other parts of the world, indications on the ground are that there is a high possibility that whoever gets infected has a greater chance of succumbing to the virus. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking to Journalists, Immunologist and Public Health expert, Dr Tinashe Gede said the country has of late been battling highly virulent COVID-19 strains, hence the high case fatality. On a relative scale, as a Continent, Africa has been relatively spared in terms…

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