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Russian national arrested for being a ’bogus’ dentist denied bail

By Botho Molosankwe Time of article published14m ago

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Johannesburg – The bogus dentist who had been operating for two years though he is not registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), has been denied bail.

Vladimir Jovanovic was arrested on Friday at Dr Abram Behr Fait’s dental practice in Dunkeld West Centre on Friday.

This was after it was found he has been practising as a dentist at the practice since 2018 and that Dr Fait had not been practising there from March this year.

Jovanovic appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday and was denied bail as police are still trying to verify his citizenship.

The HPCSA’s Eric Mphaphuli said it was established Jovanovic was a Russian citizen who grew up in Zimbabwe. As it is, he said, it was not yet known how long he has been in South Africa.

“We are not sure if he has ever been to a dental school but all we know is that he is not registered with the HPCSA,” he said.

Mphaphuli said it was a tip off from the community that led to Jovanovic’s arrest.

He said people who used to visit the dental practice where Jovanovic was arrested where surprised when Fait was no longer there.

Suddenly Jovanovic was the one who took over and they were not sure of who he was and informed the HPCSA..

Fait was not present at the time that Jovanovic was arrested and charged with contravening Section 17(1)(a) of the Health Professions Act, (Act 56 of 1974).

The HPCSA has referred Fait to the Medical and Dental Professions Board to take disciplinary action again him for allegedly employing or allowed an unregistered person to practise at his practice while not registered with Council.

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Russian COVID-19 vaccine trials have yet to start in Brazil, lagging rivals

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Testing of Russia’s “Sputnik-V” COVID-19 vaccine has not begun in Brazil, while its British and Chinese rivals have already begun to file partial results from clinical Phase III trials, the Brazilian health regulator Anvisa said on Tuesday.

Brazil’s Paraná and Bahia states, which have testing and production or distribution agreements for the Russian vaccine, have not yet filed requests for clinical trials in Brazil, a spokeswoman for Anvisa said.

“There have been numerous meetings, physical and online, with no documents on the Russian vaccine materializing yet,” she told Reuters.

The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which is marketing the Sputnik, touted by Russia as the world’s first registered vaccine, did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Meanwhile, trials for the vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca Plc , and another potential vaccine by China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd are being conducted at a dozen sites and initial data sent in to Anvisa.

“This is still not a formal request for registration of these vaccines. We will only consider that when all the documents have been filed,” the spokeswoman told Reuters.

To speed up the process, Anvisa last week started a process of continuous filing of paperwork and initial results so that they can be studied simultaneously.

With the second most deadly coronavirus outbreak after the United States, Brazil has become a key testing ground for the vaccines under development.

Anvisa has authorized trials in Brazil for four vaccines, including those under development by Pfizer Inc in partnership with BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson’s pharmaceutical subsidiary Janssen.

Brazil has had almost 5 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and the death toll reached 146,675 on Monday, the Health Ministry said.

(Reporting by Anthony Boadle; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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