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Africa: Covid-19 – Africa Plans a Vaccine Revolution

July 3, 2021
Very few vaccines have found their way into the arms of Africans as they struggle with a surge in COVID-19 infections. Several countries now want to start producing vaccines on the continent. Can they succeed? The third wave of coronavirus is rolling through much of Africa — and it could be the most severe of

Zimbabweans Protest Covid-19 Vaccine Shortages

June 3, 2021
Harare — Hundreds of Zimbabweans protested Wednesday about a shortage of COVID-19 vaccines as the country awaits more doses from China. The government wants to inoculate at least 60% of Zimbabwe’s more than 14 million people by the end of the year but has struggled to get the necessary supplies. Claudina Maneni brought her 60-year-old

Africa: Europe Addresses Africa’s Vaccine Dilemma

May 29, 2021
Germany’s health minister, Jens Spahn, is in South Africa as part of an initiative to assist vaccine production on the continent. But improving manufacuting capacity is still set to be a long journey. German Health Minister Jens Spahn touched down in South Africa on Friday, as part of a trip focused on assisting local vaccine

South Africa: Behind the Scenes – How the First 500 000 Vaccine Doses Administered in SA Were Secured

May 17, 2021
On 1 February 2021, a million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India arrived at OR Tambo International Airport. Everything seemed set for the country’s vaccine rollout to kick off two or so weeks later. But just a few days later on 7 February, the devastating news came that

South Africa: Phase Two of Covid Vaccine Roll-Out Starts Off By Prioritising Old Age Homes

May 17, 2021
Phase Two of SA’s Covid-19 vaccine roll-out is officially under way from today, Monday, 17 May. The vaccine doses are in hand, with more on the way. National and provincial governments have admitted that the start will be slow, but promised it will start on time and with some of the most vulnerable: those living

Africa: Trips Waiver – There’s More to the Story Than Vaccine Patents

May 9, 2021
The US has announced its limited support for the “TRIPS waiver”, a proposal to suspend intellectual property protections for products and technologies needed for the fight against COVID-19, including vaccines, for the duration of the pandemic. This would involve a temporary suspension of certain rules set out in the TRIPS Agreement, the intellectual property treaty

Africa: WHO lists additional COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use and issues interim policy recommendations

May 7, 2021
Geneva — WHO today listed the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, giving the green light for this vaccine to be rolled out globally. The Sinopharm vaccine is produced by Beijing Bio-Institute of Biological Products Co Ltd, subsidiary of China National Biotec Group (CNBG). “The addition of this vaccine has the potential to rapidly accelerate

West Virginia to Reward Citizens Aged 16-35 Who Get Vaccine With $100 Savings Bond

April 27, 2021
Since Joe Biden took office, Americans have been getting vaccinated at a rapid rate. The President’s initial plan was to deliver 100 million vaccinations in his first 100 days in office. The administration shattered that goal with over 200 million shots being delivered. But at this point, many of the people who were interested in

Kenya to Pilot Another Malaria Vaccine Trial

April 24, 2021
Kenya is among four African countries that will carry out a larger trial in nearly 5,000 children, on a malaria vaccine proven to be 77 per cent effective. The results of trials on 450 children in Burkina Faso, by University of Oxford researchers, could be a major breakthrough against the disease that kills more than

Africa: Vaccine Nationalism and African Govt Deficiencies Hinder Roll-Out

April 18, 2021
The African Union – mainly through its Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) – has done well in trying to acquire COVID-19 vaccines for the continent as part of its commendable approach to tackling the pandemic in general. But Africa CDC Director John Nkengasong isn’t getting as much help as he would
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