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.
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Global pharmaceutical firms should license production of COVID-19 vaccines in Africa rather than just do piecemeal contract deals, an African Union special envoy said on Thursday.

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Nigeria will restart COVID-19 inoculations on August 16 after taking delivery of 4 million doses of Moderna vaccine, with shipments of Johnson & Johnson shots also due imminently.

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Egypt on Monday received its first shipment of one-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines, obtaining 261 600 doses in cooperation with the African Union, the health ministry said.

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Incident manager for COVID-19 response at the WHO's regional office for Africa Dr Ann Fortin says the biggest threat facing the fight against the pandemic is misinformation about the vaccines. She adds and that the shortages of vaccinations on the continent add to the threat.

Politicisation of COVID-19 origin study threatens global solidarity for pandemic fight 7 August 2021, 8:53 AM

The Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) on Wednesday published a commentary, saying that virus origin study should not be limited to one country and one region.

Senegalese doctors, cemetery workers battle COVID-19 surge 6 August 2021, 8:02 PM

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African Union says J&J vaccine shipments begin, warns of slow pace of deliveries 6 August 2021, 11:01 AM

African Union officials said on Thursday that the body had begun shipping COVID-19 vaccine doses acquired from Johnson & Johnson , but they raised alarm at the pace of total deliveries to a region where only 1.5% of people are fully vaccinated.

Africa CDC secures 220-million doses of COVID-19 vaccine for the continent 5 August 2021, 3:18 PM

The Africa Centre for Disease Control has finally secured a predictable source of COVID-19 vaccines for the continent.

Botswana President appeals to the United State to assist with COVID-19 vaccines 4 August 2021, 3:49 PM

Botswana President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi has appealed to  US President Joe Biden to assist with COVID-19 vaccines.

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African countries to do rapid mass testing for COVID-19: Africa CDC 3 August 2021, 7:00 PM

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Morocco will lengthen its night curfew, starting two hours earlier at 9 pm from Tuesday, as it tightens restrictions to counter a surge of coronavirus infections.

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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Friday partially eased a tight lockdown imposed 42 days ago to help stem a raging second wave of COVID-19, including re-opening some markets and shopping centres in towns.

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Kenya's health minister Mutahi Kagwe says government has suspended all in-person meetings and public gatherings country wide to try to contain COVID-19.

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World Health Organisation warns against complacency in countries recording low COVID-19 infections 29 July 2021, 3:44 PM

The World Health Organisation has warned that countries should not be complacent with the record of low COVID-19 infection numbers.

Tanzanian president launches COVID-19 vaccination drive, urges citizens to get their shots 28 July 2021, 7:15 PM

Tanzania's President Samia Suluhu Hassan and other government officials received their COVID-19 vaccine at the launch of the country's inoculation campaign.

Nigeria expects 29 million doses of J&J COVID-19 vaccine in August 28 July 2021, 6:08 AM

 Nigeria expects to take delivery of 29 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in August, allowing it to ramp up its vaccination programme just as a third wave of infections takes hold, the health minister said.

Tanzania bans concerts, festivals in bid to contain spread of COVID-19 27 July 2021, 12:00 AM

The Tanzanian government has officially banned concerts, festivals, and unnecessary gatherings in a bid to contain the transmission of COVID-19. It has also directed everyone to use public transportation and social distance as the country tries to rein in a third wave of the virus.

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Tanzania has set up COVID-19 testing centres in the tourist city of Arusha in the north of the country. The new testing centres are expected to cater to tourists and residents in a region of the country that attracts visitors from across the globe.

Algeria reimposes restrictions on gatherings to stem coronavirus cases 26 July 2021, 2:11 AM

Algeria will reimpose restrictions on gatherings from Monday to cope with a rapid spread of the more infectious Delta variant of the coronavirus that has led to an increase in the number of patients, the prime minister’s office said.

Protests across Tunisia as COVID-19 surges and economy suffers 25 July 2021, 3:04 PM

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Tunisia recorded 317 coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24 hours, a daily record since the start of the pandemic, the health ministry said on Saturday.

Uganda struggling to buy COVID-19 vaccines, splashes on new vehicles for lawmakers 23 July 2021, 4:25 PM

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