The idea of testing the BCG vaccine in Africa against COVID-19 was bound to cause controversy, yet officials say efforts under way could, if successful, give the continent a cheap and easily deployable weapon against the virus.
The World Health Organisation and UNAIDS have warned that if interruptions in health services and supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic are not overcome, it could lead to more than half a million extra deaths from AIDS-related illnesses in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Zambia has confirmed that the total number of the coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the country have risen by 15 to 267.
Thousands of NGOs face the risk of closure if the lack of government funding persists, since billions of rands are being dedicated to fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
Tens of thousands of healthcare workers are on the frontline of the global war against COVID-19.
The Department of Health says the number of coronavirus cases in South Africa has increased by 297 to 5 647.
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says Africa still has a lot to learn about the coronavirus and in order to avoid an overload on the continent’s health systems, countries need to step up screening and testing programmes.
WHO has warned that TB should not be neglected since the disease claims 1.5 million lives each year.
Scientific data released by Wits University shows that HIV positive people who are not on treatment have a high risk of severe illness if they contract COVID-19
World leaders pledged on Friday to accelerate work on tests, drugs and vaccines against COVID-19 and to share them around the globe, but the United States did not take part in the launch of the World Health Organization (WHO) initiative.