Kenya lifts COVID-19 curfew as infection rates ease

20 October 2021, 4:41 PM
Kenya lifted a nationwide curfew on Wednesday that has been in place since March 2020 to curb the spread of the coronavirus, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced.
COVID-19 testing in Africa has been challenging from the beginning: WHO 20 October 2021, 7:31 AM

The World Health Organisation (WHO) African Region’s Technical Officer Dr. Mary Stephen says testing has been challenging from the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic on the African continent.

Burundi launches COVID-19 vaccination drive 19 October 2021, 4:44 PM

Burundi has rolled out its first COVID-19 vaccines, months after most African countries, the latest step in the East African nation's shift towards a more active approach to containing the pandemic.

Merck COVID-19 pill sparks calls for access for lower-income countries 18 October 2021, 3:06 PM

 The plan to roll out Merck & Co's antiviral pill to treat COVID-19 risks repeating the inequities of vaccine distribution, potentially leaving the nations with the greatest need once again at the back of the line, international health groups say.

Zimbabwe bars unvaccinated civil servants from work 15 October 2021, 1:14 PM

Zimbabwe will bar unvaccinated government workers from reporting for duty from Monday as part of efforts to fight COVID-19, an official circular showed.

Six in seven COVID-19 infections go undetected in Africa: WHO 15 October 2021, 8:18 AM

A new assessment by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that only 14.2%, or one in seven, COVID-19 infections are being detected in Africa.

US donates 17 million J&J doses to African Union 14 October 2021, 9:27 PM

US President Joe Biden told visiting Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday that the United States will make a one-time donation of more than 17 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to the African Union, the White House said.

Nigeria’s COVID-19 economic plan has delivered disappointing results: Here’s why 13 October 2021, 4:48 PM

Over a year ago, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari launched an economic plan designed to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 is scaling up genomic sequencing in Africa: WHO 6 October 2021, 9:01 AM

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says COVID-19 has had a catastrophic impact on lives and livelihoods, but it has also spurred impactful scientific research that gave the world a vaccine in record time and thrust genomic sequencing at the centre of pandemic response.

Senegal records fewest daily COVID-19 cases since outbreak began 4 October 2021, 2:33 PM

 Senegal on Monday logged only two new daily COVID-19 infections, the lowest number since the pandemic reached the country and two months after the rate of new cases hovered at record highs, the health ministry said on Monday. “Two cases were recorded today, the lowest ever recorded,” said health ministry spokesperson Ngone Ngom. “They were […]

Morocco plans to administer third dose of COVID-19 vaccine 3 October 2021, 5:00 AM

Morocco will soon start giving a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

15 African countries hit 10% COVID-19 vaccination goal: WHOAFRO 1 October 2021, 10:51 AM

The World Health Organisation African Region says 15 African countries, nearly a third of the continent’s 54 nations have fully vaccinated 10% of their people against COVID-19.

Africa CDC concerned about UK travel restrictions 29 September 2021, 12:00 PM

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has noted with deep concern the planned changes to international travel rules in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, communicated by the Government of the United Kingdom, which will be enforced starting on Monday.

Algeria to start Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine production 29 September 2021, 5:54 AM

Algeria will start production of COVID-19 vaccine Sinovac in partnership with China on Wednesday with the aim of meeting domestic demand and exporting the surplus, the Prime Minister's office said on Tuesday.

Africa CDC regrets UK’s decision to not recognise vaccinations administered in Africa 25 September 2021, 11:23 AM

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention says it regrets the UK's position NOT to recognise COVID-19 vaccines administered on the continent for travel to Britain.

Africa CDC, IFRC, and USAU call for equitable vaccine coverage in Africa 24 September 2021, 2:05 PM

The Africa CDC, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the United States Mission to the African Union called on partners and governments to do more to end vaccine inequity.

Africa faces 470 million COVID-19 vaccine shortfall in 2021: WHO 22 September 2021, 10:15 AM

The World Health Organization says Africa faces almost 500 million doses short of the global year-end target of fully vaccinating 40% of its population.

How conflict has made COVID-19 a neglected epidemic in Ethiopia 21 September 2021, 9:18 PM

The number of COVID-19 cases in Ethiopia has been increasing. The Delta variant has been identified recently in the country, but officials are still investigating if it is driving the resurgence.

Africa CDC calls for vaccine production transparency 16 September 2021, 3:41 PM

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has called for vaccine production transparency - saying poor and developing countries are not receiving enough COVID-19 vaccinations.

WHO-backed vaccine hub for Africa to copy Moderna COVID-19 shot 15 September 2021, 12:57 PM

Efforts to develop an African base for COVID-19 vaccine production will focus on trying to replicate Moderna's (MRNA.O) shot, but a lack of progress in talks with the US company mean the project will take time, a senior WHO official told Reuters.

Less than 3.5 % of Africans vaccinated against COVID-19: Africa CDC 15 September 2021, 7:06 AM

Less than 3.5% of Africans are vaccinated against COVID-19, far short of its official target of 60%, John Nkengasong, director of Africa's Centers for Disease Control, said on Tuesday.

A broken healthcare system has hampered Somalia’s efforts to cope with COVID-19 13 September 2021, 7:25 AM

A recent report by the global advocacy organisation Amnesty International painted a dire picture of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Somalia. Based on interviews with health workers, government officials, and finance and debt relief experts, the report concludes that the government’s response to the pandemic has been “wholly inadequate”

AVAT delivers COVID-19 vaccine to Ethiopia 12 September 2021, 1:37 PM

African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) has delivered 108 000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Ethiopia as part of the first monthly shipment of Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

Africa CDC to launch COVID-19 community surveillance system 9 September 2021, 4:03 PM

The Africa Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention says it is launching a community surveillance system across Africa, to better control COVID-19 outbreaks.

COVAX vaccine 2021 delivery target cut to 1.425 bln doses 8 September 2021, 5:32 PM

The global programme providing COVID-19 vaccines to poor countries is on course to fall nearly 30 percent short of its previous goal of 2 billion shots this year, the international organisations running it said on Wednesday.

Former UK PM Brown urges rich countries to ship COVID-19 vaccines to Africa instead of stockpiling 5 September 2021, 7:24 AM

Former British prime minister Gordon Brown accused rich countries of committing a "moral outrage" by stockpiling COVID-19 doses while poor countries are struggling to get supplies.

US shipping more coronavirus vaccines to African countries 3 September 2021, 3:09 PM

The United States will ship more than 1.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to four African countries through the global COVAX distribution program on Friday, a White House official said.

African countries receive COVID-19 vaccines from Canada, US 3 September 2021, 10:22 AM

Canada has donated more than 1.3 million doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine to three African countries through the COVAX vaccine-sharing facility. The United States shipped more than 2 million doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine to Kenya and Ghana on through the COVAX global distribution programme.

Africa way behind in vaccinating 60% of its population: Africa CDC 2 September 2021, 7:00 PM

The Africa Centers for Disease Control says that the continent is way behind in vaccinating 60% of its population, to reach herd immunity.

US to begin shipping COVID-19 doses to Kenya and Ghana 2 September 2021, 3:58 PM

The United States will begin shipping more than 2 million doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine to Kenya and Ghana on Wednesday through the COVAX global distribution program, a White House official said.

Egypt ramps up local vaccine production with eye on exports 1 September 2021, 2:00 PM

Egypt is ramping up production of the Sinovac coronavirus vaccine as it aims to become a hub for vaccine exports to Africa and protect its own population of more than 100 million from a fourth wave of infections.