Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
2 minute read
15 Feb 2021
6:20 am

Prof Madhi: ‘Serosurvey will measure variant spread’

Brian Sokutu

A serosurvey would determine what percentage of the South African population has been actually affected by the coronavirus.

Wits University professor of vaccinology Professor Shabir Madhi. Image: Screenshot/YouTube

While government has remained tightlipped on how many South Africans have been affected by the mutation of the highly contagious Covid-19 variant 501Y.V2, leading scientist Professor Shabir Madhi said the country had to conduct a serosurvey to determine what percentage of the population was affected. Vaccinology head at the University of the Witwatersrand and chief investigator of the Covid-19 variant 501Y.V2, Madhi, whose investigation exposed the Indian-manufactured AstraZeneca vaccine to be efficaciously weak against the new strain, said a serosurvey would come up with reliable statistics. Madhi’s findings revealed that SA trial outcomes showed the AstraZeneca vaccine could not deal...