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Vaccine supply crunch adds to risk of COVID-19 resurgence

Africa’s vaccination coverage is the lowest for any region of the world

With Africa-bound COVID-19 vaccine doses from the Serum Institute of India delayed for the foreseeable future, slow vaccine rollouts and new variants making inroads, the risk of a new wave of infections in Africa remains high. Delays and shortages of vaccine supplies are driving African countries to slip further behind…

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Coronavirus - African countries face high risk of COVID-19 resurgence

Three countries face very high risk of COVID-19 resurgence, 20 face high, 22 moderate risk, and only one country faces low risk, according to the risk assessment of 46 countries

The risk of COVID-19 resurgence remains high in several African countries due to poor adherence to public health measures, mass gatherings, low testing and vaccination rates, an analysis by the World Health Organization (WHO) has shown. Three countries face very high risk of COVID-19 resurgence, 20 face high, 22 moderate…

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Frontline Health workers in Hoima District Hesitate about COVID-19 vaccination, then Embrace it after WHO Assurance

Official figures from the Ministry of Health indicate that out of over 80,000 health workers expected to receive the vaccine

Under normal circumstances, one would expect frontline health workers to be lining up in thousands to receive the much-anticipated lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine that does not only offer scientifically proven protection to them but also saves the lives of the eager patients. The COVID-19 outbreak has ushered in some strange behaviours…

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Bolstering vigilance as Africa rolls out COVID-19 vaccines

In Africa, AstraZeneca vaccine doses have been delivered to 36 countries through the COVAX Facility

More than 13.6 million – including 12 million AstraZeneca – vaccine doses have been administered in Africa, with most of the adverse events reports following vaccination involving only mild to moderate side effects. There have been no cases of blood coagulation disorders reported following vaccination.  Monitoring vaccine safety is critical…

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WHO Builds trust for COVID-19 Vaccination and Addresses Hesitancy in West Nile Sub Region

Vaccination programs have faced several challenges prominent of which is the increasing vaccine hesitancy among the public

Vaccines are largely known to be safe and effective in protecting people against deadly and disabling infectious diseases. Currently, there are vaccines that are effective against over 20 diseases. Overall, it is estimated that vaccines save the lives of up to 3 million people annually.   However, over time, vaccination…

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Coronavirus - The Gambia: Government and Stakeholder Take Stock of The Gambia’s COVID-19 Response

The review is aimed at improving the national response to COVID-19 and strengthen the capacity to effectively respond to any emergency

The Ministry of Health (MoH) and its stakeholders are conducting a national intra-action review of the COVID-19 response with the support of World Health Organization (WHO). The review will last six days, i.e., from 06 to 10 April 2021 and is held at Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara International Conference Centre.…