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.
Africa crosses 2.5 million COVID-19 cases – Reuters tally 20 December 2020, 4:17 AM

The total number of coronavirus cases in Africa crossed 2.5 million on Saturday, according to a Reuters tally, as a second wave of infections hits the continent.

COVID-19 Media Relief Fund launched in Lesotho 19 December 2020, 2:41 PM

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) in Lesotho has launched a COVID-19 Media Relief Fund for media practitioners in distress.

Eswatini announces new regulations amid rise in COVID-19 cases 19 December 2020, 8:11 AM

With the number of coronavirus cases in Eswatini rising, the country announced its COVID-19 regulations on gatherings and travelling, which came to effect immediately after the announcement Friday night.

Congo to impose curfew to curb second wave of coronavirus 17 December 2020, 6:44 AM

The Democratic Republic of Congo is to impose a curfew and other strict measures, including the mandatory wearing of masks in public spaces, to fight a second wave of the coronavirus, its virus response team said on Wednesday.

Responding to a yellow fever outbreak in Nigeria amidst a global pandemic 16 December 2020, 11:23 AM

In early November 2020, positive samples for yellow fever were reported from five Nigerian states. Nigeria is a high-risk country for yellow fever and is a priority country for the global eliminate yellow fever epidemics (EYE) strategy. The re-emergence of the virus there in September 2017 has been marked by outbreaks throughout the country. The country […]

COVID-19: How to reduce risk in the holiday season 15 December 2020, 8:32 AM

During the festive season, travel and gatherings are sometimes unavoidable, even in a global pandemic. Dr Doyin Odubanjo, Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Academy of Science and a past chairman of the Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria, shares five tips for a safe Christmas during COVID-19.

Ethiopian Airlines
Ethiopian Airlines ready to transport COVID-19 vaccines 14 December 2020, 5:02 PM

Two African carriers, Ethiopia Airlines and Kenya Airways are positioning themselves for the transportation of COVID-19 vaccines.

WHO urges stronger community role in COVID-19 vaccine rollout 11 December 2020, 8:39 AM

As African countries gear up for COVID-19 vaccination, the World Health Organization (WHO) has called for increased collaboration with communities to enhance the uptake of vaccines once they become available.

Nigeria warned of possible new COVID-19 wave, authorities eye vaccine in early 2021 11 December 2020, 2:47 AM

Nigeria may be on the verge of a second wave of COVID-19 infections, the Health Minister warned on Thursday, as another official said the country expects to roll out a vaccine by April next year.

Egypt receives first batch of Sinopharm coronavirus vaccines 11 December 2020, 1:43 AM

Egypt received its first shipment of vaccines developed by China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) late on Thursday and will get more deliveries soon, health officials said.

Africa CDC establishes COVID-19 information hub 10 December 2020, 1:05 PM

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) Director, Dr John Nkengasong, says they have established a new COVID-19 information hub on the global health network in order to disseminate information for scientists and researchers and public health experts.

Doctors in Kenya hold vigil to honour colleague who succumbed to COVID-19 9 December 2020, 7:13 PM

Doctors in Kenya are holding a candlelight vigil in honour of their fallen colleague who succumbed to COVID-19.

COVID-19 vaccination for Africa: Sophie Mokoena 9 December 2020, 2:08 PM

The first coronavirus vaccinations have taken place in the UK, in what people are hoping is the beginning of the end of the pandemic.

COVID-19 cases in Africa surpass 2.2 million: WHO 8 December 2020, 10:22 AM

The African continent surpassed the 2.2 million mark for COVID-19 cases on Monday according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Former Namibian President Sam Nujoma hospitalised after testing positive for COVID-19 7 December 2020, 4:00 PM

Former Namibian President Sam Nujoma has been hospitalised after testing positive for the coronavirus. The 91-year-old is said to be in stable condition and receiving treatment in hospital.

COVID-19’s rural spread in Kenya strains creaky healthcare 7 December 2020, 10:35 AM

Medics in Kenya say the recent deaths from COVID-19 of a refugee, a Member of Parliament and a tired civil servant all happened for the same reason: emergency help was hours away.

Akinwumi Adesina
COVID-19 needs audacious leadership: African Development Bank’s Dr Adesina 6 December 2020, 9:30 AM

The President of the African Development Bank, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, says the coronavirus pandemic needs audacious leadership that is able to navigate complexities and restore hope and confidence, to grow back safer, healthier and with greater resilience.  

Lockdowns make people less able to fight COVID-19: Former US Ambassador to Tanzania 5 December 2020, 2:17 PM

Former United States Ambassador to Tanzania, Charles Stith, says lockdowns make people less able to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Landmark alliance launches in Africa to fight COVID-19 misinformation 4 December 2020, 8:16 AM

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Thursday launched a new alliance, the Africa Infodemic Response Alliance (AIRA), to coordinate actions and pool resources in combating misinformation around COVID-19 pandemic and other health emergencies in Africa.

COVID-19 slashes Kenyan tourism revenues by $1 billion 3 December 2020, 12:41 AM

Kenya's tourism sector lost close to $1 billion in revenue between January and October, when numbers of foreign visitors fell by two thirds due to COVID-19, the Tourism Ministry said on Wednesday.

Kenyan healthcare workers ready to embark on strike action 2 December 2020, 6:15 AM

Kenyan healthcare workers say they will embark on strike action from next week Monday if the government does not address their grievances, which they say are key in stemming the deaths of frontline healthcare personnel as they battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 vaccine trials in Africa: What’s promising, and what’s problematic 1 December 2020, 8:09 PM

A key step in the process of any vaccine development is clinical testing, which involves assigning a vaccine or a placebo to human subjects, then evaluating the health effects over a period of time.

Global malaria gains threatened by access gaps, COVID-19 and funding shortfalls 30 November 2020, 2:40 PM

The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on countries and global health partners to step up the fight against malaria, a preventable and treatable disease that continues to claim hundreds of thousands of lives each year.

African Health Ministers urge for greater vigilance in COVID-19 fight 27 November 2020, 8:21 AM

African Health Ministers have called for greater vigilance ahead off a possible resurgence of COVID-19 infections.

Africa faces wait for mass COVID-19 vaccination: Disease control group 26 November 2020, 6:02 PM

Mass vaccination against COVID-19 is unlikely to start in Africa until midway through next year and keeping vaccines cold could be a big challenge, the continent's disease control group said on Thursday.

Sudanese politician al-Mahdi succumbs to COVID-19 related illness 26 November 2020, 6:40 AM

Leading Sudanese politician and former prime minister Sadiq al-Mahdi died from a coronavirus infection three weeks after being hospitalised in the United Arab Emirates, according to family sources and a party statement early on Thursday.

WHO and experts call for urgent action to safely resume immunization services amid COVID-19 pandemic 24 November 2020, 8:38 AM

The World Health Organization and immunization experts in the African Region have called on countries and health stakeholders to prioritize immunization services – which have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic – in order to protect children and communities from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Nigeria to bar airline passengers who flout COVID-19 testing rules 23 November 2020, 8:48 PM

Nigeria will bar passengers who fail to follow the country's COVID-19 protocol from flying for six months, an official said on Monday.

Nigeria’s COVID-19 waste management policy should include the informal sector 23 November 2020, 5:28 AM

About a million waste pickers are estimated to operate in Nigerian cities.

Lesotho urged to engage with SA’s Health Minister for COVID-19 rapid test supplies 22 November 2020, 1:10 PM

South Africa's International Relations Minister Naledi Pandor has urged Lesotho to engage with the country's Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize with regards to the shortage of rapid test supplies for COVID-19.