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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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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

Ghana probes new variants of Covid-19 as infections surge

– – Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo has said that scientists are investigating the presence and extent of spread of new variants of the coronavirus in the country. The new variants of the virus are reportedly responsible for the surge in Covid-19 cases in the country. Ghana has so far confirmed over 56,000 cases of the virus with current active cases now at 1770. There are over 300 deaths so far, according to President Akufo-Addo who delivered a national televised address on Sunday evening. – – Several countries including those in…

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Africa North Africa World 

Covid-19: Tunisia orders nationwide lockdown to prevent spread

– – Tunisia’s government has ordered a four-day nationwide lockdown effective Thursday in an attempt to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Health Minister Faouzi Mehdi told reporters that new measures will cover extending the night curfew from 1700GMT to 0500GMT. Schools will also be closed from Wednesday until 24 January, according to the government. The country has confirmed over 160,000 cases since the pandemic started last year with more than 5,000 deaths. Confirmed infection rate in Tunisia is still pegged at over 300 new cases daily. – – To contain…

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Africa Southern Africa World 

South Africa: Covid-19 vaccinations to begin in February

– – 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 and…

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