Africa World 

Covid-19: The stories of 300 global Black doctors’ and nurses’

– Advertisement – A project called the THE BLACK FRONTLINE has been launched and aimed at framing the pandemic through the stories of 300 global black doctors and nurses in 3 cities on 3 continents. In what founders of the project call the oral history project, 100 doctors and nurses in Accra, another 100 in New York City and similar number in London will be sharing their stories through the pandemic. The project is the vision of The Armah Institute of Emotional Justice, led by Executive Director and international award-winning…

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China and WHO acted too slowly to contain Covid-19

China and the World Health Organization (WHO) could have acted quicker and more forcefully to contain the start of the Covid-19 outbreak, an independent review panel said on Monday. In its second interim report, the Switzerland-based Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response determined that Beijing could have been more vigorous in applying public health measures when cases were first detected in the city of Wuhan, in Hubei province. “What is clear to the panel is that public health measures could have been applied more forcefully by local and national…

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Zimbabwe: 10,000 people arrested for not wearing face masks

– Advertisement – Over 10,000 people have been arrested by the Zimbabwean police for failing to wear face masks in public. Some 16,000 others have also been arrested for flouting lockdown restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus. Reports say most of the offenders have been ordered to pay an admission of guilt fine. The country imposed a lockdown after Covid -19 cases doubled last month. This has been attributed to festive season gatherings and traffic from neighbouring South Africa, which is experiencing a severe second wave of the virus. – Advertisement – Zimbabwe…

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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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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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Covid-19: Zimbabwe reimposes nationwide lockdown

– Advertisement – The government of Zimbabwe has reimposed a national lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. There has been a surge in cases in the past weeks and the government hopes the latest move will contain the spread. Only essential services, such as hospitals, pharmacies and supermarkets will be exempted from the lockdown to be operational for the next 30 days. Vice President and Health minister Constantino Chiwenga told reporters there the lockdown has become necessary due to the huge spike in cases over the festive season.…

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New coronavirus variant discovered in Nigeria

– Advertisement – A new variant of the coronavirus has been discovered in Nigeria, according to the head of Africa’s Centre for Disease Control. Dr John Nkengasong said on Thursday that more investigation is taking place on this latest variant of the virus. Dr John Nkengasong said that the new variant is “a separate lineage from the UK and South Africa.” He said the Nigeria CDC and the African Center of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases in Nigeria will be analyzing more samples. “Give us some time… it’s still…

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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 

UN says cannabis is no more a dangerous drug

– Advertisement – The United Nation Commission on Narcotic Drugs has voted to remove cannabis and cannabis resin from a category of the world’s most dangerous drugs. This is considered a very significant move which could impact the global medical marijuana industry. “The vote today is the result of the Commission’s intensive and detailed consideration of these very complex recommendations during the last two years”, as the Chairperson, Ambassador Mansoor Ahmad Khan of Pakistan said on Wednesday. In 2019 WHO submitted eight recommendations to the said commission on cannabis and…

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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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