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The Ghanaian-born who led Pfizer team to develop Covid-19 vaccine

– Advertisement – Ghanaian-born Paul Mensah is a chemical engineer and the vice president of the bioprocess research and development group at Pfizer in St. Louis, in the USA. He led the team based in St. Louis and Andover, Massachusetts to develop the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to fight the Coronavirus. Mensah was responsible for developing and manufacturing the vaccine’s DNA starting material and the messenger RNA drug substance that ultimately becomes the vaccine. His role is significant especially in restoring trust and easing the concerns about the vaccine to people in…

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

– Advertisement – 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. – Advertisement – Ivorian Health Minister Eugene Aka Aouélé told…

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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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Covid-19: Ivory Coast becomes second country to get Covax vaccines

– Advertisement – Ivory Coast has become the second country after Ghana to receive coronavirus vaccines under the global vaccine-sharing programme Covax. The West African nation received 504,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine on Friday, delivered from a plant in India. Authorities in Ivory Coast say they intend vaccinating health workers, teachers and members of the security forces from March. “Let us celebrate this as a moment of global solidarity in the struggle against the pandemic”💬CEPI CEO, Richard Hatchett speaking on this week’s COVAX deliveries ✈️Doses of the @AstraZeneca /…

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Covid-19: Poor countries without vaccines could face grave death toll

– Advertisement – Poorer countries will most likely “bear the brunt of hundreds of thousands of needless deaths” from inequalities in access to Covid-19 vaccines. This dire warning was given by the Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland in a video address to the High-Level Segment at the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on 23 February. More than 130 high-level dignitaries, including heads of state, foreign ministers and heads of international organisations, spoke during the High-Level Segment. The Commonwealth Secretary-General said: “Covid-19 has shone a harsh light…

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Rwanda’s Kagame criticizes ‘hypocrisy’ in Covid-19 vaccine supply

– Advertisement – Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame has criticized what he calls “hypocrisy and double standards” in the global distribution of Covid-19 vaccines. The World Health Organization (WHO) director, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said that deals between rich nations and vaccine manufacturers had made it hard to acquire vaccines for its Covax initiative. The @WHO Director-General has said that deals between some high-income countries and manufacturers of COVID-19 vaccines are undermining its COVAX initiative by reducing the number of doses it can purchase. Read more: https://t.co/zWxZnAm6lO pic.twitter.com/oj1YVjtmXD — Al Jazeera…

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Ghana is first in Africa to receive Covid-19 vaccines under COVAX

– Advertisement – Ghana on Wednesday morning took delivery of 600,000 AstraZeneca doses of Covid-19 vaccines. The consignment arrived at the Kotoka International Airport in Ghana’s capital, Accra via an Emirates airline plane. The government said the doses are part of the first batch of vaccines the country is acquiring through the Covid-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility (COVAX) which Ghana among 92 countries have signed unto. Ghana thus becomes the first African country to receive the Covid-19 vaccines from the COVAX facility. #Ghana🇬🇭 becomes the first African country to receive…

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Ronaldinho’s mother dies after testing positive for Covid-19

– Advertisement – The mother of former Barcelona superstar Ronaldinho has reportedly passed away after testing positive for Covid-19 at the end of 2020. Dona Miguelina, aged 71, was hospitalised after testing positive for the virus in December, in their home city of Porto Alegre. However, as per media rumours from outlets in Brazil and Peru, she has sadly passed away in the last few hours, according to reports from Peruvian national TV station America. Ronaldinho returned to Brazil in 2011, after three years at AC Milan, before spells at four…

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Ghana approves Russian vaccine for use against Covid-19

– Advertisement – Ghana has granted emergency authorisation for the use of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19. Russia’s RDIF sovereign wealth fund made the confirmation on Saturday about Ghana’s approval. The Russian vaccine was approved by Ghana’s health ministry, the Russian Direct Investment Fund said in a statement. Ghana thus becomes the 31st country to approve the Russian vaccine for use and would be the fifth African country to do so. The West African nation is yet to start vaccinating its citizens against the coronavirus as deaths from…

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Covid-19: Commonwealth ministers call for global co-operation on vaccines

– Advertisement – Commonwealth Law Ministers have called for increased international co-operation to enable equal access to Covid-19 vaccinations. A special virtual meeting of Law Ministers was convened on 18 February to discuss legal implications of the pandemic – in particular on access to justice, upholding the rule of law, and equitable access to essential medicines and equipment. Commonwealth countries have recorded more than 19 million Covid-19 cases and 370,000 deaths. During their meeting, Law Ministers shared their views and experiences of legal challenges which have arisen amid the pandemic.…

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