Uganda imposes new anti-coronavirus measures to stem raging pandemic

18 June 2021, 9:42 PM
Uganda's president Yowreri Museveni on Friday introduced sweeping new anti-coronavirus measures including a ban on all vehicular movement except for essential workers to help curb a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic gripping the nation.
India’s halt on vaccine exports ‘problematic’ for Africa 18 May 2021, 9:35 PM

An extended halt to exports of COVID-19 vaccines from India, where authorities are battling a wave of domestic infections, risks derailing vaccination efforts already underway in Africa, one of the continent's top health officials said on Tuesday.

Tanzanian experts give COVID-19 vaccines the stamp of approval 18 May 2021, 6:38 AM

Experts appointed by Tanzania's new president have declared COVID-19 vaccines to be effective and recommended joining the COVAX facility that shares the inoculations, in the latest sign suggesting official scepticism about the pandemic is waning.

Vaccine supply crunch adds to risk of COVID-19 resurgence: WHO-AFRO 13 May 2021, 9:20 AM

WHO-AFRO says delays and shortages of vaccine supplies are driving African countries to slip further behind the rest of the world in the COVID-19 vaccine roll out. The continent now accounts for only 1% of the vaccines administered worldwide, down from 2% a few weeks ago.

Sudanese search for oxygen cylinders as COVID-19 third wave swells 11 May 2021, 10:22 AM

Sudan is struggling to provide hospital beds, drugs and medical oxygen to COVID-19 patients hit by a third wave of infections that is straining the country's patchy healthcare system beyond what it can cope with. 

Africa has done well in COVID-19 fight: Zimbabwean MP 9 May 2021, 4:51 PM

 Zimbabwean MP at the Pan African Parliament (PAP) Pupurai Togarepi says given the capacity that Africa has, the continent has done very well in the COVID-19 pandemic fight.

WHO stresses importance of providing COVID-19 vaccines to African societies 8 May 2021, 1:31 PM

The World Health Organisation has emphasized the importance of ensuring societies across Africa be provided with coronavirus vaccines in efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Tunisia announces one-week COVID-19 lockdown from Sunday 7 May 2021, 9:48 PM

Tunisia will impose a COVID-19 lockdown for one week from Sunday, Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi said on Friday, ahead of next week’s Eid al-Fitr holiday when families and friends traditionally gather.

Malawi postpones AstraZeneca vaccine second phase rollout 7 May 2021, 2:25 PM

Malawi has postponed rolling out the second shot of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from May to June.

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African Health Ministers to review COVID-19 strategy 7 May 2021, 10:00 AM

Africa is preparing itself to avoid another surge of the COVID -19 pandemic, as it watches India closely.

African health ministers to review strategy to avoid surge in COVID-19 pandemic 6 May 2021, 9:46 PM

Africa is preparing itself to avoid another surge of the COVID -19 pandemic, as it watches India closely.

UDM urges Africa to invest in developing its own COVID-19 vaccines 6 May 2021, 9:30 AM

The United Democratic Movement says Africa should extensively invest in developing its own vaccines that will act against all forms of coronavirus variants that mutate.

Vaccinating Africa against COVID-19: Riding a roller coaster of poor information 6 May 2021, 9:29 AM

The story of COVID-19 vaccines and vaccination in Africa is slowly unfolding, as more and more countries across the continent receive shipments of the long-awaited vaccines.

Kenya detects COVID-19 variant first diagnosed in India 5 May 2021, 3:29 PM

Kenya has detected a variant of COVID-19 first diagnosed in India, the health ministry said on Wednesday. The variant was detected in five Indians who arrived in the East African nation on Thursday last week, just before Kenya banned flights to and from India.

Kenya, Tanzania agree to harmonise COVID-19 enforcement protocols 5 May 2021, 8:49 AM

Kenya and Tanzania have agreed to harmonise their COVID-19 enforcement protocols to contain the cross-border spread of the disease.

Vaccine hesitancy slowing Africa’s COVID-19 inoculation drive: Health experts 4 May 2021, 3:05 PM

When Edith Serem received her COVID-19 vaccination last month at a hospital in Nairobi where she works as a doctor, nurses jokingly warned she might start speaking in a foreign language.

There are vital lessons to learn from Africa’s vaccination rollout: WHO-AFRO 4 May 2021, 7:41 AM

World Health Organisation Regional Office for Africa (WHO-AFRO) says there are vital lessons to learn from Africa’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout, such as planning and preparation.

Coordinated global cooperation crucial in tackling COVID-19: African leadership summit 3 May 2021, 12:30 PM

African leaders have lamented the lack of a coordinated global response and cooperation to the coronavirus outbreak.

Congo starts re-deployment of expiring COVID-19 vaccines to other African countries 30 April 2021, 7:00 AM

The Democratic Republic of Congo has begun re-deploying hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 vaccines to other African nations which it says it won't be able to administer before they expire at the end of June, its health minister said on Thursday.

India’s COVID-19 emergency is a wake-up call to Africa: AU 29 April 2021, 7:45 PM

The raging state of the COVID-19 pandemic is India is a wake-up call for Africa that its governments and citizens must not let their guards down, the African Union's disease control agency warned on Thursday.

COVAX a good programme, but too little to meet Africa and Global South’s needs: Thabo Makgoba 28 April 2021, 3:08 PM

Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba says COVAX is a good programme, but too little to meet the needs of the African Continent and the Global South in tackling the coronavirus.

Orange Foundation provides financial aid to help fight COVID-19 in Africa 28 April 2021, 11:24 AM

The Orange Foundation is providing an additional €1.3 million in financial aid to the 17 countries in Africa and the Middle East to help fight the COVID-19 epidemic.

Egypt approves China’s Sinovac coronavirus vaccine for emergency use 27 April 2021, 4:21 AM

Egypt's drug authority said on Monday it had granted approval to China's Sinovac (SVA.O) coronavirus vaccine for emergency use.

SA records 23 more COVID-19 related deaths on Sunday 25 April 2021, 9:40 PM

South Africa has recorded 1 101 new coronavirus infections in the last 24-hour cycle, taking the total number to  1 575 471. 

New malaria vaccine proves highly effective and COVID shows how quickly it could be deployed 25 April 2021, 12:39 PM

Coronavirus vaccines have been developed and deployed in record time, but as global rollout has progressed, too few doses have been made available in low-income countries. It’s a stark reminder that when it comes to infectious diseases, the world’s poorest often get left behind.

Survey shows almost half of SA households go without food due to COVID-19 24 April 2021, 8:42 PM

An Ipsos survey has found that almost half of SA households have gone without food due to COVID-19, raising fears that millions of malnourished South Africans may suffer severe illness if the third wave of COVID-19 infections hits SA because of their weaker immune systems.

African countries urged not to waste vaccines after expiry confusion 22 April 2021, 3:45 PM

The African Union’s disease control body and World Health Organisation on Thursday urged African countries not to waste COVID-19 vaccines donated to them, after confusion in Malawi and South Sudan about whether doses they received had expired.

Egypt to produce Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, roll out expected in Q3: Statement 22 April 2021, 12:47 PM

Egyptian pharmaceutical firm Minapharm has agreed to produce more than 40 million doses a year of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which markets the vaccine abroad, said on Thursday.

Nigeria is neglecting social workers in the fight against COVID-19. Why it shouldn’t 22 April 2021, 6:31 AM

In current debates about managing and defeating COVID-19 in Nigeria, an issue that’s missing is the role that social workers should play.

Cash-strapped Africa overwhelmed by COVID vaccine challenge 21 April 2021, 9:32 AM

Many African countries, already facing a shortage of affordable COVID-19 vaccines, are being stunned by the unprecedented scale of the distribution challenge when doses do arrive.

Lesotho journalists get Astrazeneca vaccine shots 21 April 2021, 6:30 AM

Members of the media sector in Lesotho have received their first AstraZeneca vaccine shots as the country's rollout continues.