South African Medical Journal

The South African Medical Journal (SAMJ) - first published in 1884 - is a monthly, peer reviewed, general medical journal publishing leading research impacting clinical care in Africa. The journal now incorporates continuing medical education (CME).



SAMJ April 2021


The full issue of Vol. 111 No. 4 is available for viewing and download under 'Issues'

Posted: 2020-07-08
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Online First: COVID-19 in South Africa

Table of Contents

From the Editor

COVID-19, Ebola virus disease and the community PDF
B Farham


South Africa should be using all the COVID-19 vaccines available to it – urgently PDF
W D F Venter, S A Madhi, J Nel, M Mendelson, A van den Heever, M Moshabela
Dial down the rhetoric over COVID-19 vaccines PDF
B D Schoub


COVID-19 vaccines – less obfuscation, more transparency and action PDF
W D F Venter, S A Madhi, J Nel, M Mendelson, A van den Heever, M Moshabela

In Practice

Viruses, variants and vaccines PDF
D A Cowan, S G Burton, E P Rybicki, A-L Wiliamson, R A Dorrington, M S Pepper
A collaborative and evolving response to the needs of frontline workers, patients and families during the COVID-19 pandemic at Tygerberg Hospital, Western Cape Province, South Africa PDF
E Bröcker, K A Louw, M Hewett, H Burger, R Felix, P De Koker, J Rossouw, S Seedat
Hard choices: Ethical challenges in phase 1 of COVID-19 vaccine roll-out in South Africa PDF
K Moodley, M Blockman, D Pienaar, A J Hawkridge, J Meintjes, M-A Davies, L London
Could human challenge studies for COVID-19 vaccines be justified in South Africa? PDF
K Moodley, E Maasdorp, S Rennie
What did we learn from South Africa’s first-ever tuberculosis prevalence survey? PDF
Y Pillay, L Mvusi, L D Mametja, S Dlamini
Corticosteroids in critical COVID-19: Are all corticosteroids equal? PDF
E M du Plessis, U Lalla, B W Allwood, E H Louw, A Nortje, A Parker, J J Taljaard, B T Ayele, P S Nyasulu, C F N Koegelenberg
Considerations for COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy PDF
J Zamparini, L Murray, R T Saggers, A J Wise, H Lombaard


Establishing a South African national framework for COVID-19 surgical prioritisation PDF
K M Chu, E O Owolabi, M Smith, T C Hardcastle, S Maswime, H Geduld, P D Gopalan, J Marco, M Mendelson, B M Biccard, L Cairncross, on behalf of the South African National Surgical Obstetric Anaesthesia Plan Task Team
Bacterial infection, antibiotic use and COVID-19: Lessons from the intensive care unit PDF
M S Moolla, K Reddy, I Fwemba, P S Nyasulu, J J Taljaard, A Parker, E H Louw, A Nortje, M A Parker, U Lalla, C F N Koegelenberg, B W Allwood


An imperative to offer pregnant and lactating women access to the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out programme PDF
J Moodley, N C Ngene, O P Khaliq, M Hunter