JOHANNESBURG: Karim also holds positions at the universities of Harvard, Columbia and Cornell.
Professor Salim Abdool Karim is an internationally respected scientist who heads the Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
South Africa’s Minister of Health Mr Zweli Mkhize’s top coronavirus adviser, Mr Karim, has stepped down – saying he needed to devote his attention to his HIV research and other academic commitments.
He said his term as the co-chair of the ministerial advisory committee on COVID-19 had come to an end.
Mr Karim is an internationally respected scientist who holds positions at the universities of Harvard, Columbia and Cornell.
Mr Karim said although there is was no immediate threat of a spike in COVID-19 cases in South Africa, everything possible must be done to avoid large Easter gatherings that could turn into super spreader events.