Africa World 

Africa records significant surge in Covid-19 related deaths

– – There are concerns among health experts in Africa that the continent is getting overwhelmed by the Covid-19 pandemic. It follows news of a 43% jump in Covid-19 deaths from last week, according to the World Health Organization. The WHO’s weekly briefing revealed that infections and hospital admissions have now risen and many countries are facing shortages of oxygen and intensive-care beds. On Thursday the WHO Africa office revealed that the case fatality rate which is the proportion of deaths among confirmed cases now stands at 2.6% against the…

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Africa World 

New study predicts more Covid-19 patients to die in Africa

– – A new study has predicted that patients who are critically ill with Covid-19 are more likely to die in Africa than in any other region in the world. The study published by The Lancet attributes this to the shortage of crucial equipment in hospitals that are helpful in saving lives as well as shortage of specialised staff. About 48% of severely ill patients admitted to a hospital in Africa die, the report notes, compared to the global average of 31.5. And the rate could be even higher in…

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Africa Ghana Malawi World 

Thousands of expired Covid vaccines to be destroyed in Africa

– – Several African countries are set to destroy Covid-19 vaccines currently in circular as they have expired this week. The vaccines were donated to these countries under the Covid-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility (COVAX) with the support of the African Union. Malawian health officials have signaled they will destroy over 16,000 of the expired coronavirus vaccines. 102,000 doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca jabs were donated to Malawi last month but 16,400 were not administered before they expired. “We have used most of the vaccines sent by the AU. On Tuesday,…

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Africa Ghana Ivory Coast West Africa World 

Covid-19: Ivory Coast, Ghana begin roll out of Covax vaccines

– – Ivory Coast and Ghana have started rolling out their secured Covid-19 vaccine under the UN-backed Covax programme. The Covax program is the global vaccine-sharing initiative helping poorer countries control the pandemic. On Monday healthcare workers in the Ivory Coast city of Abidjan started receiving the Covid vaccination. They would be followed by teachers and members of the security forces, according to the government. The country last month secured over half a million doses of the AstraZeneca Oxford vaccine. – – Ivorian Health Minister Eugene Aka Aouélé told reporters that…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

Ghana is working to develop and manufacture vaccines

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo has said that he has set up a team of scientists to produce a plan towards developing and manufacturing vaccines. Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic in late 2019, no single African country has worked towards developing a vaccine. Many of the vaccines produced have been done in Europe, Asia and America. African countries have had to struggle to secure adequate number of doses of the Covid-19 vaccine for their citizens. Ghana’s President, Akufo-Addo in a nationwide TV broadcast said he supports the manufacturing of…

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Africa World 

The 17 African countries placed on UK’s travel ‘red list’

– – The United Kingdom has placed 17 African countries on what it calls a ‘red list’, with travelers from these countries hit with new travel measures. Travelers from these countries are to quarantine for 10 days in government-approved hotels and will have to take care of their bills during their stay. The cost for travelers from the African countries on the ‘red -list’ will not be less than $100 per night. The African countries affected by this latest travel measures are: • Angola – – • Botswana • Burundi…

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Africa Central Africa Rwanda World 

Paul Kagame accuses the West of hoarding Covid-19 vaccines

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame has accused the West of hoarding Covid-19 vaccines and “purchasing many times more doses than they need.” In an opinion article published on the news website The Guardian, the outspoken African leader “the current situation with regard to the access and distribution of Covid-19 vaccines vividly illustrates the decades-old contradictions of the world order.” “Rich and powerful nations have rushed to lock up supply of multiple vaccine candidates,” Kagame said adding that “leaves African and other developing countries either far behind in the vaccine queue, or…

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Africa East Africa World 

Tanzania says it has ‘no plans to receive’ Covid-19 vaccines

– – Tanzania has said that it doesn’t have plans of importing Covid-19 vaccines to protect citizens. The country’s Health Minister Dorothy Gwajima is reported as saying that Tanzania is yet to decide whether or not it wants to import the Covid-19 vaccines. Tanzania is already reeling under surge in infections and the virus related deaths. “For now the government has no plans to receive the Covid vaccine being distributed in other countries,” Dr Gwajima said. President John Magufuli has already warned health officials in his country against acquiring coronavirus…

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Africa Eswatini Southern Africa World 

Covid-19: Hospitals in Eswatini ‘run out of body bags’

– – Hospitals in Eswatini are reportedly running out of body bags due to a surge in COVID-19-deaths. The Times of Swaziland reported that a source at a hospital told the publication “that in the past two weeks, most of the bodies were wrapped in sheet-covers and put into plastic materials upon being confirmed dead.” The source was quoted as saying that “It is a bad experience as the orderlies and the nursing staff are subjected to this situation. They had no choice after being told by management that there…

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Africa Ghana World 

Covid-19: Africa’s surge in infections likely due to new variants

– – Surge in Covid-19 cases across Africa is becoming a source of worry for many governments. This latest second wave of the virus doesn’t appear to be going anytime soon, as cases and deaths from the virus begin to take a toll. The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has now said that the current wave of the Covid-19 infections could be due to the emergence of new variants. The said new variants according to the CDC are more transmissible and resulting in high cases. “Africa…

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