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EM News: Your Tuesday Headlines

Tuesday news

Missed out on any news stories this Tuesday? Don’t worry, we’ve got you sorted with five of the most important stories that made headlines today.

Keep up to date with all of the latest news stories coming out of South Africa and around the world, visit our News & Politics section.

SA Scientists to Test First Vaccines For New Covid-19 Variant

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The National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) has confirmed that South African scientists will be amongst the first to test whether the Covid-19 vaccines are effective on the new variant of the virus.

“[With] the ones that are currently infected with the [second] variant, we can then take the samples and see whether the virus is going to be affected or not.”

Koleka Mlisana, NHLS

Read more on EWN.

Trump To Issue 100 Pardons, Security Beefed Up Ahead of Biden Inauguration

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United States President Donald Trump is expected to issue about 100 pardons during his final day in office, while there has been an effort to increase the presence of security personnel in Washington DC ahead of President Elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

“I think in Washington you would have to be a fool to think you could waltz in there and pull off a Wednesday (6 January) again. Plus I think that law enforcement, I think the Capitol Police, I think the military are embarrassed by what happened… they are not about to let that happen again in Washington DC.”

Professor Rusty Brooks, International Center at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government

Read more on Daily Maverick

How SA Government Plans To Vaccinate 316,000 People A Day

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The South African government plans to vaccinate 40 million people over the next 12 months and their three-phased vaccination strategy has been revealed, which involves a system currently being developed called the electronic vaccination data system (EVDS).

“As the world begins to recover from the pandemic, having electronic access to vaccination, testing, and other medical records will be vital to resuming travel and more.”

Mike Sicilia, executive vice president of Oracle’s Global Business Units

Read more on IOL and BusinessTech.

Mkhize Calls For Continuation Of Alcohol Ban

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Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says that the ban on the sale of alcohol has helped free up hospital capacity for Covid-19 patients and that it is not yet the right time to resume trade.

“Hopefully, that’s going to continue for a while that we get this space to be able to manage people who are under the pressure of COVID-19, so we will then continue to monitor the situation and see when there would be the need to change the restrictions that have been put in place.”

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize

Read more on EWN.

Flood Of Changes Expected For Biden’s First Days In Office

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With Joe Biden set to be sworn in as President of the United States tomorrow, a flood of legislative efforts are expected to get underway, such as the bill to provide Covid-19 relief to the tune of $1.9 trillion.

“There is no time to wait. We have to act and act now.”

Joe Biden, United States President-elect

Read more on The Hill.

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