Africa World 

EU will not share Covid-19 vaccines with poorer countries

The countries were seeking further clarification on the safety of the vaccine after reports of blood clots in some receivers. – – But the UK and European health officials say the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid vaccine is safe. African governments though were urged not to lose faith in Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid vaccine. African nations rely on the AstraZeneca jab since it is cheaper and easier to store than other vaccines. Dr Richard Mihigo – the WHO’s head of immunisation in Africa – said the product had so far proved to be safe. Sourced…

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Africa World 

Africa has no option but to keep faith with AstraZeneca jabs

– – African governments have been urged not to lose faith in the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, after several European countries suspended use of the jab. Two people have already died from sinus vein thrombosis, and others had to be treated in hospital after they received vaccinations with the Oxford vaccine. 13 European nations that paused the use of the vaccine expressed concern over blood clots in those who received the jabs. The countries are seeking further clarification on the safety of the vaccine but the UK health secretary says the Oxford-AstraZeneca…

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

– – 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 Black…

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

– – 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 #COVID19…

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Coronavirus vaccine trial volunteer dies in Brazil

– – A coronavirus vaccine trial participant has died. The volunteer was involved in trials into a jab from Oxford University and pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. The tragic news was confirmed by Brazil’s health authority on Wednesday, October 21. An investigation has been launched but no safety concerns have been raised, according to scientists. The volunteer was Brazilian and was taking part in the trials at The Federal University of Sao Paolo, the Mirror reports. – – University staff would not reveal where the participant lived. It has not yet been confirmed if the person’s death…

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Africa World 

WHO says COVID-19 vaccine may be ready by end of 2020

– – The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that a vaccine against COVID-19 may be ready by end of this year. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus who gave the signal did not elaborate further though. He said “We will need vaccines and there is hope that by the end of this year we may have a vaccine. There is hope.” Tedros made this comment in closing remarks to the WHO’s Executive Board meeting that examined the global response to the pandemic. He called for solidarity and political commitment…

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Uganda to undertake human trials of Covid-19 vaccine

– – Uganda’s government has said that human trials of a Covid-19 vaccine will start in November this year. Ministry of health officials are reported by local media as saying that a vaccine, called Self Replicating RNA, has already been developed. The vaccine was developed under a partnership between Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) and Imperial College in the UK. The head of Uganda’s presidential taskforce on epidemics, Monica Musenero, said the first trial will be conducted on 10 Ugandans. She said if successful, extra 100 to 200 people will…

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Africa World 

European drugs regulators approve world’s first Ebola vaccine

The world’s first Ebola vaccine was approved by European drugs regulators on Friday in a move hailed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a “triumph for public health” that would save many lives. The vaccine, developed by U.S. drugmaker Merck & Co, is already being used under emergency guidelines to try to protect people against the spread of a deadly Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo. It is also being reviewed under a fast-track system by regulators in the United States. “This vaccine has already saved many lives…

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DR Congo: New Ebola vaccine to be used in November

A new and second model of an Ebola vaccine is to be introduced in the Democratic Republic of Congo in November this year. Health officials in the country say this is to help combat the spread of the deadly virus in the country’s eastern provinces. The Johnson & Johnson manufactured vaccine will now be introduced to compliment that of Merck. The Merck manufactured vaccine was introduced this year and administered to thousands of people. A government statement said a first batch of 500,000 doses of the J&J vaccine should arrive…

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