Africa CDC wants continent to produce up to 60% of vaccines it needs

12 April 2021, 7:03 PM
The CDC in conjunction with the African Union, began a two-day conference on Monday looking at boosting Africa's capacity to manufacture and develop vaccines.
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Botswana probes deaths of two people who took AstraZeneca shot 12 April 2021, 2:49 PM

Botswana is investigating the deaths of two, among thousands of people, who had been given doses of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine to see if there is any link, the health ministry said.

African leaders to discuss vaccine manufacturing 12 April 2021, 10:24 AM

African leaders will hold a two-day webinar to discuss expanding vaccine manufacturing on the continent.

Cameroon receives 200 000 doses of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine 12 April 2021, 4:03 AM

Cameroon took delivery on Sunday of 200,000 doses of China’s Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines, the first vaccines to arrive in the country, which will enable it inoculate frontline workers as it battles rising cases of coronavirus, the health ministry said.

COVID-19 exposes inequality, discrimination, oppression across Sub-Saharan Africa 11 April 2021, 12:49 PM

Amnesty International says the coronavirus pandemic has exposed the impact of inequality, discrimination, and oppression across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Libya launches COVID-19 vaccination drive after delays 10 April 2021, 7:34 PM

Libya’s new unity government launched a long-delayed COVID-19 vaccination programme on Saturday after receiving some 160 000 vaccine doses over the past week, with the prime minister receiving his jab on live television.

Africa CDC says pockets of conflicts will derail continent’s COVID-19 fight 9 April 2021, 10:24 AM

The African Centre for Diseases Control (CDC) says the pockets of conflicts in Africa will derail the fight against COVID-19 and access to vaccines.

Libya PM hails COVID vaccine delivery as ‘first drop of rain’ 4 April 2021, 7:20 PM

More than 100 000 doses of Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine arrived at Tripoli’s Mitiga airport on Sunday, Libya’s ministry of health said, the first shipment to reach the country.

India AstraZeneca shot delay could be ‘catastrophic’ for Africa: health official 1 April 2021, 5:13 PM

India’s temporary hold on major exports of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 shot will undermine Africa’s vaccination plans, and could have a “catastrophic” impact if extended, the head of the continent’s disease control body said on Thursday.

LISTICLE: COVID-19 vaccines used in African countries 1 April 2021, 12:44 PM

COVID-19 vaccination programmes have taken off across Africa, with specific focus on healthcare workers to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.  

Young Africans go online to preserve local languages, fight COVID-19 1 April 2021, 10:28 AM

From Wikipedia posts in indigenous tongues to digital word libraries, African language lovers are going online to preserve and create words and content for future generations - an effort that has been given added urgency by the coronavirus pandemic.

Deepened reforms key to faster economic recovery in Sub-Saharan Africa: Report 1 April 2021, 7:47 AM

Sub-Saharan African economies are set to weather the economic storm induced by the COVID-19 pandemic due to a slower spread of the virus, lower mortality, strong agricultural growth and a faster-than-expected recovery in commodity prices, according to a new report released on Wednesday by the World Bank.

Brazil detects new coronavirus variant similar to South Africa 1 April 2021, 6:17 AM

Brazil has detected a new COVID-19 variant in Sao Paulo state that is similar to the one first seen in South Africa, the head of the state’s Butantan biomedical institute said on Wednesday.

Health Minister confident vaccination programme is still on track 30 March 2021, 8:55 PM

Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, says he is confident that the roll out of the country's vaccine programme is still on track.

South Sudan facing struggle to vaccinate: UN 30 March 2021, 8:35 PM

South Sudan may have secured more than two million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, but getting shots into arms is another matter.

J&J, African Union in deal for up to 400 mln COVID-19 shots 30 March 2021, 1:02 PM

Johnson & Johnson will supply the African Union (AU) with up to 400 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine beginning in the third quarter, the drug maker said on Monday, as the continent grapples with vaccinating 60% of its people.

J&J in deal to supply COVID-19 vaccine to African Union member states 29 March 2021, 11:05 AM

Johnson & Johnson is to supply up to 220 million doses of its single-shot COVID-19 vaccine to the African Union's 55 member states from the third quarter of 2021, the drugmaker said on Monday.

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Zimbabwe implements special COVID-19 vaccination program for Chinese citizens 28 March 2021, 10:13 AM

A special COVID-19 vaccination program for Chinese citizens in Zimbabwe was implemented under the coordination between the Chinese Embassy and Zimbabwe's health department on Saturday.

Most mutated COVID-19 variant found in Tanzania 27 March 2021, 4:48 PM

The most mutated variant of the coronavirus yet has been found among travellers from Tanzania. This has prompted scientists to call for greater monitoring in a country that has been criticised for being a pandemic denialist.   

Kenya’s president orders new lockdown to curb COVID-19 wave 27 March 2021, 9:44 AM

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta restricted travel in the capital Nairobi and four surrounding counties on Friday as COVID-19 infections hit record levels in East Africa’s richest economy.

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Nigerian scientists develop two COVID-19 vaccinces 26 March 2021, 7:54 AM

The Nigerian government says scientists in the country have developed two COVID-19 vaccines.

SA’s AstraZeneca vaccine sold to AU distributed across the continent 25 March 2021, 9:55 PM

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention says the AstraZeneca vaccines that South Africa sold to the African Union have now been distributed to other countries across the continent.

Zimbabwe president takes COVID-19 vaccination, urges citizens not to hesitate 25 March 2021, 7:53 AM

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa and some opposition politicians received China’s Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine in the tourist resort of Victoria Falls on Wednesday as part of efforts to encourage citizens to get inoculated.

Ghana takes delivery of first COVID-19 vaccines donated by MTN Group 24 March 2021, 8:35 AM

The first 165 000 of up to 7 million COVID-19 vaccine doses that MTN Group is donating to African countries have arrived in Ghana, the South African telecoms company said on Tuesday.

Securing the education of Kenya’s girls during COVID-19 23 March 2021, 7:18 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted education in many countries. Similar to other epidemics – such as the Ebola crisis in West Africa which pushed about five million children out of school in 2013 – the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the closure of schools in about 194 countries.

African countries keen on AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine: WHO 22 March 2021, 8:47 PM

No countries in Africa have refused the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine due to any remaining health concerns, a senior official of the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday.

Congo Republic opposition presidential candidate Kolelas dies at 61 22 March 2021, 9:22 AM

The main opposition challenger in Congo Republic's March 21 presidential election Guy Brice Parfait Kolelas who was sick in hospital with COVID-19 has died at 61, a spokesman said on Monday.

Tanzanian president urges citizens to unite after Magufuli’s death 21 March 2021, 7:05 PM

Tanzania’s new President Samia Suluhu Hassan said on Friday the country should unite and avoid pointing fingers after the death of John Magufuli, her COVID-19 sceptic predecessor, urging the east African country to look forward with hope and confidence.

Sassou expected to extend 36-year rule as Congo votes, main rival in hospital with COVID-19 21 March 2021, 1:11 PM

Polls opened in the Congo Republic on Sunday, with President Denis Sassou Nguesso widely expected to extend his 36-year rule despite an economic crisis in the Central African oil producer. The president's main rival, former government minister Guy-Brice Parfait Kolelas, is in hospital with COVID-19 and could be evacuated to France on Sunday.

Kenyan COVID vaccine offer to diplomats draws local doctors’ ire 20 March 2021, 8:30 PM

Kenya has offered free COVID-19 vaccines to all diplomats based there, even though it has not completed inoculating its own health workers, other frontline staff or elderly, drawing criticism from local medics.

Tanzania's main opposition leader Tundu Lissu (R)
Tanzania’s exiled opposition leader urges new President to change course of COVID-19 fight 20 March 2021, 10:21 AM

Tanzania's main opposition leader Tundu Lissu, living in exile in Belgium, urged the country's newly inaugurated President, Samia Suhulu Hassan, to "change course", in the fight against COVID-19.