Africa CDC launches a Consortium for COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial

10 July 2020, 7:45 AM
Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has launched a Consortium for COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial (CONCVACT).
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African countries urged to undertake vaccine trials 9 July 2020, 8:00 PM

The importance of undertaking clinical trials for a vaccine in Africa has dominated discussions at a webinar about COVID-19 and vaccine development on the continent.

Nigeria’s confirmed coronavirus cases pass 30 000 – NCDC 9 July 2020, 3:34 AM

Nigeria's confirmed coronavirus cases passed 30 000 on Wednesday, the country's disease control centre said, as the virus spreads in Africa's most populous country amid an easing of restrictions put in place to curb the disease.

Congo virus funds embezzled by ‘mafia network’, says deputy minister 8 July 2020, 8:33 PM

Congo’s deputy health minister has accused cabinet members of receiving kickbacks on government contracts for the coronavirus response while health workers went unpaid for months.

Kenya decision to postpone reopening of schools met with mixed reactions 8 July 2020, 5:21 PM

Kenya's Education Ministry's decision to postpone the reopening of basic education to January 2021, or when the COVID-19 infection curve in the country has flattened, has been met with mixed reactions.

In Africa, lack of coronavirus data raises fears of “silent epidemic” 8 July 2020, 3:19 PM

When the new coronavirus hit Tanzania in mid-April, President John Magufuli called for three days of national prayer to seek God’s protection from the scourge. Barely a month later, he claimed victory over the disease and invited tourists to return to his East African nation.

COVID-19 forces Kenya basic education to resume in January 7 July 2020, 10:15 PM

Basic education in Kenya will resume in January next year when the COVID-19 curve is expected to flatten, the country's education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha announced on Thursday a day after the country's President Uhuru Kenyatta announced a phased reopening of the country.

Sierra Leone doctors threaten to expand strike amid COVID-19 crisis 7 July 2020, 8:05 PM

Doctors in Sierra Leone, who are refusing to treat COVID-19 patients to press demands for bonus payments and more protective equipment, threatened on Tuesday to suspend care for other patients too if the dispute is not resolved by Sunday.

Kenyan police fire teargas, arrest marchers protesting at brutality 7 July 2020, 4:04 PM

Kenyan police on Tuesday fired teargas and arrested activists gathering for a march against perceived government injustice that has been given extra impetus this year by allegations by rights groups of police brutality during the COVID-19 lockdown.

There’s no right time to ease lockdown: Amref Health Africa 7 July 2020, 9:05 AM

Amref Health Africa GCEO, Dr Dithinji Gitahi, says there is no right time for a country to ease lockdown restrictions.

Kenyan protesters set fire to police station after the killing of a man 7 July 2020, 6:59 AM

Kenyan protesters set a police station on fire after an officer allegedly shot and killed a man for hawking fake hand sanitiser, according to a police report seen by Reuters on Monday.

Egypt reports first drop below 1 000 new COVID-19 cases since May 27 7 July 2020, 1:11 AM

Egypt reported 969 new coronavirus cases on Monday, the Health Ministry said, the first drop below 1 000 registered daily since May 27.

Refugees
Uganda offers safe heaven to people fleeing escalating violence in DRC 6 July 2020, 8:14 PM

Uganda has offered a safe haven to thousands of people fleeing escalating violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Nurses in Zimbabwe arrested as they protest over pay 6 July 2020, 5:52 PM

Police in Zimbabwe arrested 12 nurses protesting outside state hospitals on Monday demanding to be paid in U.S. dollars as inflation running at nearly 800% was eroding their salaries, the country’s nurses union said.

Kenya announces phased lifting of restrictions amid coronavirus lockdown 6 July 2020, 2:42 PM

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced a phased lifting of restrictions put in place to control the spread of the coronavirus.

Kenya Airways to lay off staff, reduce network and assets: CEO 6 July 2020, 2:20 PM

Kenya Airways will lay off an unspecified number of workers, reduce its network and also get rid of some assets due to the coronavirus crisis, its chief executive said in an internal memo seen by Reuters.

Egypt leading African countries with COVID-19 related deaths 6 July 2020, 1:08 PM

According to statistics from Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), Egypt remains the second highest country in the African continent with 74 035 COVID-19 positive cases followed by Nigeria with 28 167 confirmed cases.

COVID-19
SA remains Africa’s COVID-19 epicentre as infections surpass the 460 000 mark 5 July 2020, 4:01 PM

African Union Member States have recorded 463 306 coronavirus cases infections to date. The data collated from the 54 countries in the continent shows 11 086 deaths and 222 304 recoveries.

Ghana’s president self-isolates after close person tests positive for coronavirus 5 July 2020, 8:16 AM

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo will self-isolate for 14 days on the advice of doctors after a person in his close circle tested positive for coronavirus, the government said in a statement late on Saturday.

Angolan app gives performers a lifeline – streaming to paying public 4 July 2020, 9:06 AM

When the Angolan government imposed its coronavirus lockdown in late March, local entrepreneur and innovator Claudio Kiala saw a gap in the market when it came to virtual entertainment.

Rwanda’s COVID-19 pool testing: a savvy option where there’s low viral prevalence 4 July 2020, 7:48 AM

Many countries in East Africa have turned to contact tracing and carrying out COVID-19 tests on thousands of individuals as a way of monitoring and trying to limit transmissions of the new coronavirus. In Rwanda, they have been investigating how they can scale up testing significantly. But instead of testing every person – which would require millions of tests – they have turned to a different strategy: pooled testing. Leon Mutesa explains to Moina Spooner, from The Conversation Africa, how this works.

‘Black Lives Matter’ movement stirs Ghanaian artist in COVID-19 limbo 3 July 2020, 7:26 PM

A tear slipped down the cheek of Ghanaian-German artist Zohra Opoku as she recalled how the global Black Lives Matter had kindled her pain and anger while she was stranded away from home due to coronavirus lockdowns.

Angolan app gives performers a lifeline – streaming to paying public 3 July 2020, 7:01 PM

When the Angolan government imposed its coronavirus lockdown in late March, local entrepreneur and innovator Claudio Kiala saw a gap in the market when it came to virtual entertainment.

Ghana minister resigns after breaching coronavirus measures 3 July 2020, 4:48 PM

Ghana’s deputy trade and industry minister Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah has resigned for violating coronavirus self-isolation measures after testing positive for the virus, President Nana Akufo-Addo said in a statement on Friday.

Nigeria to restart domestic flights July 8 in easing of coronavirus curbs 2 July 2020, 7:19 PM

Nigeria will resume domestic flights from July 8, the government said on Wednesday, as Africa’s most populous country relaxes novel coronavirus restrictions despite mounting cases and deaths.

Africa does not have manifold undetected coronavirus infections: WHO 2 July 2020, 2:20 PM

The World Health Organisation (WHO) does not think there are manifold undetected coronavirus infections in Africa with people dying unreported, the regional director of the organisation said on Thursday.

The President of Botswana Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi is in a 14-day self-isolation period after visiting Namibia.
President Masisi goes into precautionary quarantine 2 July 2020, 1:41 PM

Botswana's President Mokgweetsi Masisi has gone into precautionary quarantine again after one of his close aids tested positive for the coronavirus.

In break with predecessor, Burundi’s president vows to tackle coronavirus 1 July 2020, 9:19 PM

Burundi’s new president, Evariste Ndayishimiye, has promised steps to combat the spread of COVID-19, a shift from the stance of his late predecessor who dismissed the danger posed by the novel coronavirus.

Report outlines human rights violations in Kenya during COVID-19 containment 1 July 2020, 11:33 AM

Police in Kenya have reportedly killed ten people and used "excessive, arbitrary and unjustified force" while enforcing measures put in place by government in March to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Nigeria to ease COVID-19 curbs on inter-state travel and students 30 June 2020, 6:22 PM

Nigeria will let people travel between its states outside curfew hours from July 1, a senior official said on Monday as authorities moved to relax some coronavirus restrictions.

Overview of COVID-19 in Africa with WHO’s Dr Mary Stephen 30 June 2020, 4:44 PM

The African continent has registered close to 10 000 deaths from COVID-19 complications. According to the World Health Organisation Africa Region, the confirmed cases on the continent is more than 290 000 with just over 149 000 recoveries.