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PANDA First Principles

PANDA First Principles

PANDA looks at the events that brought their modelling approach into the spotlight and how that has influenced their journey through the COVID-19 pandemic.

A ‘fake news’ boomerang – Daily Friend

A ‘fake news’ boomerang – Daily Friend

PANDA believes that the people of South Africa will do the right thing if they are empowered with accurate information. This team’s purpose has been to consider all of the science and to separate the good science from the bad and promote the former.

Doctor Yeadon Debunks Second Lockdown

Doctor Yeadon Debunks Second Lockdown

Doctor Yeadon debunks the second lockdoown and explains the facts behind his conclusion. In a very frank interview with Julia Hartley-Brewer of talkRADIO, Dr. Mike Yeadon, former scientific adviser to Pfizer, gets to grips with many of the myths and untruths being...

Covid-19 Business Watch: Lockdown Letdown

Covid-19 Business Watch: Lockdown Letdown

Professor Alex van den Heever, from Wit’s School of Governance; Nick Hudson, coordinator of Panda; and Mike Schussler, head of econmists.co.za; talk about what we have learned so far about lockdowns that should be guiding our decision making as we chart a course ahead.

Ian McGorian discusses statistics with CRA

Ian McGorian discusses statistics with CRA

PANDA’s Ian McGorian discusses current weaknesses in official COVID-19 statistics and gives an in-depth explanation of those that matter. Whilst the official narrative on the COVID-19 pandemic can best be described by Disraeli’s quote, “Lies, damned lies and statistics”, in a webinar with the Centre for Risk Analysis, McGorian clearly explains the facts about COVID-19 using PANDA’s analysis of the available data.

Examining Excess Deaths Reporting

Examining Excess Deaths Reporting

There is a persistent narrative that South Africa’s official COVID-19 death tally is significantly undercounted because reported excess deaths are higher than the official COVID-19 death toll. It is time to dispel  the  three most prominent myths around South Africa’s excess death reporting.