Wednesday, August 28, 2013

South Africa ill-prepared for influenza #pandemic - expert

August 28, 2013
South Africa would be left to fend for itself in the event of a pandemic viral outbreak, said UCT's Professor Ed Rybicki to an audience of academics, government officials and the general public.

Speaking at UCT's first CafĂ© Scientifique in July, the molecular biologist led discussions about the state of medical virology in South Africa and worldwide, focusing particularly on vaccine-production. Rybicki's talk, titled Vaccine Rapid Response: Is South Africa Ready?, left guests in no doubt that the country was ill-equipped to protect its citizens from any such outbreak in the near future.


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