Africa South Africa World 

Omicron: AU, UN criticize travel restrictions on African countries

– – The African Union and United Nations have strongly criticized travel restrictions placed on several Southern African countries following the confirmation of the Omicron variant of the Covid-19. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned that the restrictions could lead to “travel apartheid”, describing them as “deeply unfair, punitive and ineffective” in stopping the spread of the variant. He said Africans should not be collectively punished for sharing health information with the world. The AU chairperson Chairperson Mahamat Faki said wealthier nations should help the continent increase its vaccination rates…

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Africa Ghana World 

WHO gives approval for mass use of malaria vaccine in Africa

The world health organization has given approval for the use of malaria vaccine across Africa after successful pilot. The vaccine – called RTS,S – was piloted in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi as part of an immunization exercise. Now the World Health Organization says the vaccination was successful and should now be rolled out across sub-Saharan Africa and in other regions malaria transmission is high. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the WHO, said on Wednesday that it was “a historic moment”. “The long-awaited malaria vaccine for children is a breakthrough…

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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 China World 

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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Africa World 

WHO chief goes into quarantine after Covid-19 contact

– – The director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) has gone into self-quarantine after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement that he had no symptoms but is isolating according to health protocols. “I have been identified as a contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19. I am well and without symptoms but will self-quarantine over the coming days, in line with WHO protocols, and work from home,” he said in a tweet. “My WHO colleagues…

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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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Africa World 

WHO estimates 1 in 10 people globally infected with COVID-19

– – The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday that its “best estimates” suggest 1 in 10 people worldwide may have been infected by the coronavirus. The figure represents more than 20 times the number of confirmed cases, which currently stands at more than 35 million. “Our current best estimates tell us about 10% of the global population may have been infected by this virus,” said Mike Ryan, the head of emergency operations at the WHO. “It varies depending on country, it varies from urban to rural, it varies…

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Africa Featured World 

Covid-19: Africa’s young population, hot climate slowed infections

– – The World Health Organization has said that it has identified some factors that potentially played a role in slowing down the Coronavirus infection rate in Africa. There have been over 1.4 million confirmed COVID19 cases on the African continent – with more than 1.1 million recoveries & 34,000 deaths cumulatively. In a publication by the WHO’s Africa region, it said “A mix of socio-ecological factors such as low population density and mobility, hot and humid climate, lower age group, interacting to accentuate their individual effects, are likely contributing…

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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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Africa Ghana Nigeria West Africa World 

How women in Ghana, Nigeria are slapped during childbirth

A new study by the World Health Organization has revealed that many women suffer mistreatment during childbirth especially in lower-income countries. A new evidence from the study, published in the Lancet, showed that over one-third of women in four lower-income countries experienced mistreatment during childbirth in health facilities. Three of the countries where the study was conducted were in Africa, namely Ghana, Nigeria, Guinea. The fourth country is Myanmar. Evidence published in the report revealed that younger, less-educated women were those most at risk of abuses. Those abuses include include…

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