Zambia allocated 8.7 mln COVID-19 vaccines from African Union

25 January 2021, 7:42 AM
 Zambia has been allocated 8.7 million doses of the 270 million COVID-19 vaccines secured this month by the African Union (AU), and this may rise to 25 million doses by December 2021, the Zambian mission at the AU said Sunday.
Zimbabwe loses another serving Minister to COVID-19 22 January 2021, 11:45 PM

Zimbabwe has lost another serving Minister to COVID-19.

Access to oxygen is a critical need in Africa: Africa CDC 22 January 2021, 8:12 AM

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention's (Africa CDC) Director, Dr. John Nkengasong, says access to oxygen is a critical need on the continent.

Mali to buy 8.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine 22 January 2021, 3:27 AM

Mali plans to buy over 8.4 million doses of coronavirus vaccine and expects to start a vaccination campaign in April, the council of ministers said in a statement on Thursday.

Nigeria approves release of $16.9 mln to set up oxygen plants amid COVID-19 surge 21 January 2021, 11:38 PM

Nigeria's president has approved the release of 6.45 billion naira ($16.94 million) to set up oxygen production plants in 38 sites to help treat COVID-19 patients as authorities contend with a sharp rise in cases, the government said on Thursday.

Eswatini Kingdom extends its lockdown by four weeks 21 January 2021, 12:40 PM

The Kingdom of Eswatini has extended its revised COVID-19 lockdown restrictions by another four weeks.

Zimbabweans saddened after Foreign Affairs Minister succumbs to COVID-19 21 January 2021, 8:10 AM

ZANU-PF Spokesperson, Kennedy Mandaza says Zimbabweans are sad after the passing of Foreign Affairs Minister, Sibusiso Moyo.

Ivory Coast says delivery of its first doses of Pfizer vaccine delayed to mid-February 20 January 2021, 9:40 PM

Ivory Coast's government said it will receive a first batch of around 100 000 doses of the Pfizer BioNTech coronavirus vaccine in mid-February.

AMSP commences COVID-19 vaccine pre-orders for AU member states 20 January 2021, 10:39 AM

The Africa Medical Supplies Platform, on behalf of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, on Tuesday, commenced the COVID-19 vaccines pre-order programme for all African Union Member States.

Nigeria to seek COVID-19 vaccines less dependent on cooling facilities: Official 19 January 2021, 7:19 PM

Nigeria will seek to procure vaccines that are less dependent on cooling facilities, the head of the country’s primary healthcare agency said on Tuesday, adding that talks were in progress with Russia and India to procure such vaccines.

Africa COVID-19 cases top 3 million, first wave peak surpassed: WHO 18 January 2021, 11:00 AM

As COVID-19 cumulative cases in Africa top 3 million and daily case numbers exceed the first wave peak, the continent is now confronted with emerging variants of the virus.

Ghana president warns of health system overload as COVID cases soar 18 January 2021, 4:43 AM

Ghana’s COVID-19 infection rates are skyrocketing and include new strains of the virus not before seen in the country, filling treatment centres and threatening to overwhelm the health system, President Nana Akufo-Addo said on Sunday.

Canada based NGO helps with PPEs in SADC region 16 January 2021, 8:06 AM

Most countries in the Southern African Development Community continue to face an acute shortage of essential supplies, including personal protective equipment in their fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vaccines secured by the AU to be allocated according to population size: Ramaphosa 15 January 2021, 4:46 PM

Millions of coronavirus vaccine doses secured by the African Union (AU) will be allocated according to countries' population size, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Friday.

The goal is to vaccinate 60% of Africans by 2022: Africa CDC 15 January 2021, 7:30 AM

The Head of the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr John Nkengasong says the goal is to vaccinate 60% of Africans on the continent by the end of 2022.

Gambia records first two cases of British COVID-19 variant 14 January 2021, 7:41 PM

Gambia has recorded its first two cases of the highly infectious coronavirus variant first found in Britain, its health minister said on Thursday.

Africa CDC secures first tranche of COVID-19 vaccines 14 January 2021, 6:14 AM

The Africa Centre for Disease Control and prevention (Africa CDC) secures first tranche of COVID-19 vaccines.

Mozambique approaches global COVID-19 vaccine scheme for doses for 20% of population 13 January 2021, 10:01 PM

Mozambique has applied to access COVID-19 vaccines through the global vaccine distribution scheme co-led by the World Health Organisation, giving it the option to buy doses for at least 20% of its population, President Filipe Nyusi said on Wednesday.

Malawi declares three days of mourning after two cabinet members succumb to COVID-19 complications 13 January 2021, 9:28 AM

Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera has declared three days of national mourning after two members of his cabinet succumbed to COVID-19 related complications.

Two Malawian Ministers succumb to COVID-19 12 January 2021, 11:26 PM

Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera decreed three days of national mourning after two members of his cabinet succumbed to COVID-19 on Tuesday.

Nigeria working on type and quantity of COVID-19 vaccines to procure 12 January 2021, 2:22 PM

Nigeria is working on what type and quantity of COVID-19 vaccines to procure and will make financial provision for them in its 2021 budget, Finance Minister Zainab Ahmed said on Tuesday.

Egypt expects COVID-19 vaccines from GAVI alliance within weeks: minister 12 January 2021, 6:27 AM

Egypt expects to start receiving COVID-19 vaccines through the Geneva-based GAVI vaccine alliance in the coming weeks, Health Minister Hala Zayed said on Monday.

Starting shots in poor nations by February hinges on vaccine suppliers: WHO 11 January 2021, 9:54 PM

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Monday redoubled pleas for vaccine makers to provide COVID-19 shots to its COVAX programme for poor nations, as an adviser said hopes of starting inoculations by February hinge on access to supplies.

Zimbabwean police arrest MDC spokesperson 11 January 2021, 2:06 PM

Zimbabwean police have arrested the Movement for Democratic Change-Alliance's spokesperson, Fadzayi Mahere.

Algeria’s president returns to Germany to be treated for COVID-19 complications 11 January 2021, 8:34 AM

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune flew back to Germany on Sunday for treatment in the hospital for complications in his foot resulting from a coronavirus infection, the presidency said.

Frustration for Mozambicans waiting at Lebombo border to cross into SA 10 January 2021, 5:00 PM

Hundreds of travellers at the Lebombo Border Post, linking Mozambique and South Africa, are still frustrated as they are forced to queue for too long waiting to go through the border.

Rwanda records 93 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday 10 January 2021, 12:37 PM

Rwanda recorded 93 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, out of 4 189 samples tested.

Another frustrating day for holidaymakers at Ficksburg border 8 January 2021, 6:45 PM

It's been yet another tough day at the Ficksburg border between Lesotho and South Africa.

Eswatini strengthens lockdown laws amid surge in COVID-19 cases 8 January 2021, 3:45 PM

The Kingdom of Eswatini has strengthened its lockdown regulations following an increase of COVID-19 cases since last month. So far, more than 4 000 positive COVID-19 cases have been recorded and about 140 people have died due to the virus.

Entire Zimbabwe declared coronavirus hotspot 8 January 2021, 6:27 AM

Health and Child Care Deputy Minister Dr John Mangwiro, has declared the entire Zimbabwe a coronavirus hotspot.

Botswana closes three border posts amid rising COVID-19 cases in South Africa 7 January 2021, 3:10 PM

The Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs in Botswana says the Tlokweng Border Post in Botswana has temporarily closed.