South Africa is mourning the death of a globally recognized scientist, Gita Ramjee, who lost her life to coronavirus. She was 64.

“Professor Ramjee was renowned for her work on finding HIV prevention methods that were conducive to the lifestyles, circumstances and perceived risk factors that South African women face, as well as attempts to find an effective HIV vaccine,’’ Deputy President David Mabuza said in a statement Wednesday.

“We have indeed lost a champion in the fight against the HIV epidemic, ironically at the hands of this global pandemic,’’ Mabuza said.

South Africa has over 7 million people

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