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EM News: Your Friday Headlines

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

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Stakeholders Exercising Caution In Rollout Of Covid-19 “Wonder Drug”

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The SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) has granted the availability of Covid-19 “wonder drug”, Ivermectin, but stakeholders are asking for caution over its roll-out to the public.

“As the new data becomes available, the sub-committee will, on an ongoing basis, review and amend the recommendations accordingly. In the meantime, we discourage the use of ivermectin.”

Popo Maja, National Essential Medicines List Committee on Covid-19 spokesperson

Read more on IOL.


China No Longer Recognising UK Passport For Entry Into Hong Kong

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China said on Friday that they will “no longer recognise” the UK overseas passport as Britain opens its borders to millions of residents from its former colony, following security restrictions imposed by Beijing.

“From January 31, China will no longer recognise the so-called BNO passport as a travel document and ID document, and reserves the right to take further actions.”

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian

Read more on Al Jazeera.


Zuma’s Nasrec ambitions curbed despite positioning ‘rogue spooks’

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[Image: Simphiwe Mbokazi/African News Agency (ANA)]

A witness testifying before the Zondo commission revealed on Friday that members of special ops were involved in the affairs of the Nasrec conference that elected Cyril Ramaphosa as ANC leader.

“when we looked at this CDSO, [it] was purportedly closed in 2016 or early 2017 and most of the members of the unit had to go home and remained unplaced. Yet when it was time for Nasrec, they were called from home to partake in whatever this operation was for them to be present at Nasrec.”

“Ms K”, State Capture witness

Read more on TimesLIVE.


GameStop Stocks Grow By 100% Despite Robinhood Restrictions

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Despite being the limits imposed in the trading of GameStop stocks, shares soared to make gains of 100% at pre-market trading on Friday

“We continuously monitor the markets and make changes where necessary. In light of recent volatility, we are restricting transactions for certain securities to position closing only,” –

Robinhood

Read more on CNN Business.


Novavax Vaccine Protects Against South African Coronavirus Variant

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Clinical results from the Novavax vaccine trials in South Africa and the United Kingdom have shown the vaccine to be effective against the new coronavirus variants

“At the moment it is the only vaccine showing objective efficacy against the South African variant,”

Professor Shabir Madhi, University of the Witwatersrand

Read more on Daily Maverick.


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