Africa World 

300m Covid-19 vaccine doses secured by the African Union

– Advertisement – The African Union has reportedly secured close to 300 million Covid-19 vaccine doses for the continent. But that number of doses still falls short of the anticipated doses required for protection for the over 1.2 billion people in Africa. Over 3,085,009 cases of the virus have been confirmed in Africa and more than 73,504 deaths, according to Africa CDC. #COVID19 update in Africa as of 13/01/2021 at 9 AM EAT. Cases — 3,107,979., Deaths – 74,444 and Recoveries –2,538,888.More at https://t.co/7xkrFH4etK#AfricaResponds #TestTraceTreat #FactsNotFear pic.twitter.com/Oc2nS2asMx — Africa CDC…

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Africa Southern Africa World 

South Africa: Covid-19 vaccinations to begin in February

– Advertisement – South Africa, which has been hard hit by a second wave of Covid-19 cases, hopes to obtain its first vaccine doses for the disease next month, the country’s health minister announced Sunday. In recent weeks, the South African government has come in for criticism, particularly from health experts, over the delay in starting a programme of inoculation against Covid-19. “We are targeting February,” Dr Zweli Mkhize told a news conference, while cautioning that before that can happen negotiations must be concluded with vaccine makers including Pfizer, Moderna…

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Africa East Africa World 

Tanzania won’t import Covid-19 vaccines, prefers local herbs

– Advertisement – Tanzania’s government has signaled it will rather settle on local herbs for protection against Covid-19 than import Covid-19 vaccines. The government said it does not have any plans of importing already approved Covid-19 vaccine being used for mass vaccination in Europe and America. The country wants to pin its hopes on research into “local herbs”, according to local media reporting. Health Ministry spokesperson Gerald Chami told The East African newspaper, that his country has doubt over the safety and efficacy of imported vaccines. According to Chami, the…

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Africa World 

UK approves Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, to roll out next week

– Advertisement – Britain on Wednesday said it had approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for use and that it will be rolled out from next week. “The Government has today accepted the recommendation from the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to approve Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for use,” the government said. “The vaccine will be made available across the UK from next week.” The move makes Britain one of the first countries to begin the process of vaccinating its population as it tries to the COVID-19 outbreak. Prime Minister…

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Africa Central Africa World 

W.H.O accused of ‘rationing Ebola vaccines’ in DR Congo

A medical charity, Médecins Sans Frontières is accusing the World Health Organization (WHO) of rationing the Ebola vaccine in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The group said the global health body is not being transparent in its dealings when it comes to making vaccines accessible to people. Dr. Natalie Roberts, MSF emergency coordinator said in a statement that “Every day we see known contacts of confirmed Ebola patients who have not received their dose despite being eligible for vaccination.” “It’s like giving firefighters a bucket of water to put out…

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