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Coronavirus - Botswana: New dawn for Botswana’s COVID-19 response

It is the first shipment of 100 000 vaccines purchased by the Government of Botswana, enabled through the COVAX Facility

A shipment of 24 000 doses of the AstraZeneca South Korea COVID-19 Vaccine, has arrived at the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gaborone. Obtained from SKBioscience in South Korea, it is the first shipment of 100 000 vaccines purchased by the Government of Botswana, enabled through the COVAX Facility.…

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Coronavirus - Liberia: WHO Donates Essential Medicines and laboratory supplies for COVID-19 and EVD Testings to the Government of Liberia

The supplies included Praziquantel tablets and assorted laboratory reagents and supplies for testing 10,000 suspected COVID-19 samples and 100 suspected EVD samples

The World Health Organization (WHO) donated lifesaving medicines and laboratory supplies for testing COVID-19 and Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) to the government of Liberia through the Ministry of Health. The supplies included Praziquantel tablets to treat nearly 1 million people through community mass drug administration, and assorted laboratory reagents and…

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Africa’s COVID-19 vaccination gains pace, nearly 7 million doses given

38 African countries have received more than 25 million COVID-19 vaccines and 30 have started vaccination campaigns

Nearly 7 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Africa, where after months of waiting on the side-lines for vaccines, many of the first wave of countries to start campaigns are rapidly vaccinating high-risk groups. Countries have accessed vaccines through the COVAX Facility, bilateral deals and donations. Altogether 38…

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Coronavirus - Gambia: His Excellency, President Adama Barrow gets his first shot of the COVAX Facility delivered vaccine, and says it is "safe and effective"

The Gambia has received thirty-six thousand (36,000) doses of AstraZeneca vaccine under the COVAX package

The President of The Republic of The Gambia, His Excellency (HE) Adama Barrow was the first to take the COVID-19 vaccine, launching the COVAX Vaccination rollout at the Statehouse in Banjul on 10th March 2021. This followed the  arrival of 36,000 doses of Oxford Astra-Zeneca vaccines under the COVAX facility, which…

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African Island States Launch Joint Medicines Procurement Initiative

High cost of drugs and medical supplies is one of the major challenges the small island states face due to their modest populations

Ministers of Health from seven small African island states today signed an agreement to jointly procure drugs and vaccines in a bid to improve quality and access to medicines and other health products. The ministers from Cabo Verde, Comoros, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar, Mauritius, Sao Tome & Principe and Seychelles that form…

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African countries engaging in ground-breaking COVID-19 vaccine initiative

All 54 countries on the continent have expressed interest in COVAX

While the race to find safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines continues, African countries are signing up to a ground-breaking initiative, which aims to secure at least 220 million doses of the vaccine for the continent, once licensed and approved. All 54 countries on the continent have expressed interest in COVAX,…

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Ebola outbreak in western Democratic Republic of the Congo reaches 100 cases

This latest outbreak was declared on 1 June 2020 in Equateur Province

The number of cases in the ongoing Ebola outbreak in western Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has reached 100, a near two-fold increase in a little over five weeks. This latest outbreak, DRC’s 11th, was declared on 1 June 2020 in Equateur Province. A cluster of cases was initially…

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Coronavirus - Liberia: WHO Donates 21 Pieces of Oxygen Concentrators to Boost COVID-19 Response in Liberia

Oxygen concentrators are of extreme importance in respiratory infectious disease management

The World Health Organization Liberia Country Office this week donated 21 pieces of Oxygen Concentrators to the Ministry of Health to support the government in the management of confirmed COVID-19 cases. Statistics generated from Liberia’s Service Availability and Readiness Assessment (SARA+) and Quality of Care (QoC) in 2018 shows that…

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Coronavirus - Nigeria: COVID-19 response in southern Nigeria boosts surveillance of other diseases

Early detection of any disease is the goal for health workers in the Delta

In many countries, tackling the COVID-19 pandemic has taken cues from other disease approaches, such as lessons from protecting communities against Ebola. But in Nigeria’s Niger Delta, health workers have found inspiration from guarding against the coronavirus. They have exploited the rigorous surveillance standard set by the COVID-19 response to…

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Coronavirus - Africa: WHO calls for equitable access to future COVID-19 vaccines in Africa

WHO and partners launched the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator to speed up the development, production and equitable access to COVID-19 diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines

The World Health Organization (WHO) in Africa joined immunization experts in urging the international community and countries in Africa to take concrete actions to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, as researchers around the world race to find effective protection against the virus. “It is clear that as the international…