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UNICEF to Ship 220 Million Doses of J&J Covid-19 Vaccine to African Union

UNICEF to Ship 220 Million Doses of J&J Covid-19 Vaccine to African Union

UNICEF said Thursday it has signed a deal to provide up to 220 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to African Union member states by the end of 2022. The child humanitarian group announced in a statement the agreement was reached with Belgium-based and J&J-owned Janssen Pharmaceutica NV. An additional 35 million […]

Afrigen Gears Up To Deliver Africa’s First COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine

Afrigen Gears Up To Deliver Africa’s First COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine

Afrigen Biologics expects a decision in mid-July on partners to produce Africa’s first COVID-19 vaccine using the mRNA platform, the South African start-up’s managing director said. The World Health Organization picked Afrigen for a pilot to give poor and middle-income countries the know-how and licenses to make COVID-19 vaccines, in what South African President Cyril […]

South Africans Battle To Bridge Digital Divide In COVID-19 Vaccination Race

South Africans Battle To Bridge Digital Divide In COVID-19 Vaccination Race

When Esther Dhlamini went to collect her pension in Johannesburg’s Soweto township, she was surprised to find a local bishop on hand to soothe her fears about COVID-19 vaccination and register her for the jab on his mobile phone. Community “foot soldiers” like the bishop are among numerous initiatives being scrambled across South Africa to […]

IFC And Development Groups To Help Fund Vaccine Production In Africa

IFC And Development Groups To Help Fund Vaccine Production In Africa

Global development groups including International Finance Corp (IFC) said they will explore helping African producers such as Aspen Pharmacare Holdings Ltd boost vaccine manufacturing in Africa, which received relatively few COVID-19 immunizations produced by rich nations. The news comes after the European Union last week promised 1 billion euros ($1.22 billion) to build vaccination manufacturing […]

WHO Sets New Targets For Vaccinating World’s Poorest To End ‘Scandalous Inequity’

WHO Sets New Targets For Vaccinating World’s Poorest To End ‘Scandalous Inequity’

The COVID-19 pandemic is being perpetuated by a “scandalous inequity” in vaccine distribution, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday as he set new targets for protecting people in the poorest countries. WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that no country should assume that it’s “out of the woods”, no matter […]

Misinformation Clouds Uganda’s Effort to Vaccinate Refugees

Misinformation Clouds Uganda’s Effort to Vaccinate Refugees

Uganda, which hosts nearly 1.5 million refugees and asylum-seekers, began coronavirus vaccinations this week in the camps and settlements. But vaccine hesitancy among refugees poses a challenge. Ugandan authorities have received 964,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine and inoculated 453,000 people as of May 16. Now, the government is extending COVID-19 vaccinations to refugees, most of […]

G7 Urged To Donate ‘Emergency’ Supplies To Vaccine-Sharing Scheme

G7 Urged To Donate ‘Emergency’ Supplies To Vaccine-Sharing Scheme

The head of UNICEF on Monday asked G7 countries to donate supplies to the COVAX vaccine-sharing scheme as an emergency measure to address a severe shortfall caused by disruption to Indian vaccine exports. India has curbed exports of the AstraZeneca vaccine made by its Serum Institute, which had been pledged to COVAX, to be used […]

Women Raise Concerns Over Missing Periods After Covid-19 Jab FacebookTwitter

Women Raise Concerns Over Missing Periods After Covid-19 Jab FacebookTwitter

Two supermarket chains in Ireland and Britain are offering free sanitary pads and tampons in a drive to tackle “period poverty”, which charities say has soared during the COVID-19 pandemic. In Ireland, discount store Lidl said it would become the world’s first major retailer to offer free pads and tampons in branches nationwide to women and girls […]

‘Vaccine Grabbing’ Seen Fueling Risk Of Fake COVID-19 Jabs In Africa

‘Vaccine Grabbing’ Seen Fueling Risk Of Fake COVID-19 Jabs In Africa

The unequal global distribution of COVID-19 vaccines could spur the trade in fake doses in Africa – a hotspot for counterfeit medicines, analysts warned on Friday, citing the seizure of falsified vaccination shots in South Africa. With poorer countries grappling to procure enough vaccine doses for their people, criminals will likely see an opportunity to […]

Over 6.2 Million Covid-19 Vaccinations Administered Across Continent

Over 6.2 Million Covid-19 Vaccinations Administered Across Continent

As of March 26, confirmed cases of Covid-19 from 55 African countries reached 4,146,450 while over 6,230,004 vaccinations have been administered across the continent. Reported deaths in Africa reached   111,195 and 3,720,972 people have recovered. South Africa has the most reported cases –   1,541,563 – and   52,535 people died. Other most-affected countries are Morocco (  493,353 […]

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