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Coronavirus - Africa: First COVID-19 COVAX vaccine doses administered in Africa

The first COVID-19 vaccination campaigns in Africa using COVAX doses began in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire

Today, the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana began COVID-19 vaccination campaigns aimed at protecting healthcare workers; This week’s first vaccinations happen as a further 11 million COVAX doses are expected to be delivered over the next seven days; Publication of the allocation of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine to 142 of…

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Coronavirus - Nigeria: Community informants employ mobile data collection tools to strengthen COVID-19 surveillance

WHO is supporting engagement of more than 670 Auto-Visual Acute Flaccid Paralysis Detection and Reporting (AVADAR) informants to conduct house-to-house COVID-19 surveillance

With the second wave of COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria, WHO is supporting government to leverage on the existing  Auto-Visual Acute Flaccid Paralysis Detection and Reporting (AVADAR) system to strengthen community-based surveillance for the disease. In 731 wards across eleven (11) COVID-19 high risk states, WHO is supporting engagement of more…

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Coronavirus - Uganda: WHO supports Uganda to Mitigate the Risks of COVID-19 Transmission during the election period

WHO was tasked to quickly plan and execute a min campaign targeting safety during the electoral period using the raised

The recently concluded national elections in Uganda presented one fundamental public health challenge that will be live in the annals of history: How to prevent the spread of a highly infectious disease in a low-resourced setting during an event that by its very nature is meant to congregate thousands of…

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Video News Release: WHO Africa Online Press Briefing on COVID-19 in Africa

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Coronavirus - Uganda: WHO leads Partner coordination and Collaboration in the fight against COVID-19 in the Acholi sub region, Northern Uganda

The coordination has helped to harmonize response activities, foster accountability, and transparency

A Regional Partners’ Consultative Forum established by WHO in Gulu district, Northern Uganda has strengthened partner coordination, increased resource mobilization, and created synergies for an effective COVID-19 response. The coordination has helped to harmonize response activities, foster accountability, and transparency. With WHO technical coordination and guidance, there is now less…

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Coronavirus - Niger: Minister of Health of Niger on keeping COVID-19 cases low

The country conducted an intra-action review of the COVID-19 response in September 2020 to identify best practices

Niger has witnessed a decline in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks following a surge. Public Health Minister Hon. Botto Ahmet explains what it took to cut back infections and the efforts being strengthened to curb the spread of the virus. Niger country is experiencing a decrease. What strategies have helped…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Rising mortality as Africa marks one year of COVID-19

Africa’s COVID-19 fatality rate rose to 3.7% during the last 28 days compared to 2.4% in the previous 28 days

Deaths from COVID-19 in Africa have surged by 40% in the last month, pushing Africa’s death toll towards 100 000 since the first reported case on the continent on 14 February 2020. This comes as Africa battles new, more contagious variants and gears up for its largest-ever vaccination drive. Over…

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Coronavirus - Africa: COVAX expects to start sending millions of COVID-19 vaccines to Africa in February

The roll-out of the AstraZeneca/Oxford AZD1222 vaccine is subject to the vaccine being listed for emergency use by WHO

COVAX has notified countries in Africa of the estimated dose allocation for the first phase of COVID-19 vaccine delivery. The global initiative led by the World Health Organization (WHO), Gavi the Vaccine Alliance and The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) aims to start shipping nearly 90 million COVID-19 vaccine…