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Coronavirus: Sierra Leone receives 151,200 J&J COVID-19 vaccines donated by US Govt. via COVAX Facility

This brings to 838 000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, which have been received by Sierra Leone under the COVAX facility

The United States Government has donated 151,200 doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to Sierra Leone to help accelerate the current COVID-19 vaccination drive in the country. The United States has made this donation through the COVAX facility, a global coalition co-led by the WHO, Gavi, the Global Vaccines Alliance…

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Cote d'Ivoire declares first Ebola outbreak in more than 25 years

While countries are focused on the COVID-19 response, they should strengthen their preparedness for potential Ebola cases

The Ministry of Health of Cote d’Ivoire today confirmed the country’s first case of Ebola since 1994. This came after the Institut Pasteur in Cote d’Ivoire confirmed the Ebola Virus Disease in samples collected from a patient, who was hospitalized in the commercial capital of Abidjan, after arriving from Guinea.…

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    • Government officials, COVAX partners from the UN, EU and other partners witnessing the arrival and formal handing over of the vaccines
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Coronavirus: Sierra Leone welcomes the arrival of Covid-19 vaccines shipped via COVAX facility

This brings to 192 000 doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine, which have been received by Sierra Leone under the COVAX facility

Sierra Leone has today received the second batch of 96,000 doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine donated by France and delivered by UNICEF through the COVAX Facility, a partnership between the Government of Sierra Leone, CEPI, Gavi, UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO). This French donation to COVAX is…

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WHO statement on the clinical trial of CVO+ remedy

The Madagascar Government recently made public the results of a Phase III clinical trial on the CVO+ remedy (Improved Traditional Remedy)

The World Health Organization (WHO) reiterates that there is not yet a specific antiviral treatment whose safety and effectiveness are proven to treat COVID-19. Corticosteroids and medical oxygen remain essential in saving the lives of patients with severe cases of COVID-19. WHO has developed treatment guidelines and implemented a robust…

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Defeating Ebola in Guinea through better experience

The existence of treatment centres throughout the country facilitated rapid treatment of suspected cases and patients confirmed with the virus

The Ebola outbreak that erupted in Guinea in early 2021 was declared over on 19 June, just four months after the first cases were confirmed in a rural community in the south of the country. Banking on the lessons learned from the deadly 2014–2016 outbreak as well as a growing…

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Ebola outbreak in Guinea declared over

WHO helped ship around 24 000 Ebola vaccine doses and supported the vaccination of nearly 11 000 people at high risk

The Ebola outbreak that emerged in Guinea in mid-February was declared over today. It was the first time the disease resurfaced in the country since the deadly outbreak in West Africa that ended in 2016. Guinean health authorities declared the outbreak on 14 February 2021 after three cases were detected…

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Giving 110%: Eswatini’s early rollout of COVID-19 vaccines

Eswatini received its first batch of 32 000 Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines in late March

“I didn’t think that I could get COVID out here in my village,” says Linda Simelane at her home in Sibebe in rural Eswatini. “I stay away from people, I stay alone, but it happened that I started getting flu symptoms.”  At the peak of Africa’s first wave of infections…

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Ethiopia to vaccinate 2 million against cholera in Tigray region

The vaccination drive, which began on 10 June, will cover 13 priority districts in Tigray

Ethiopia today officially launched a preventive oral cholera vaccination campaign targeting 2 million people aged 1 year and above in Tigray region in the north of the country to avert a potential outbreak. The vaccination drive, which began on 10 June, will cover 13 priority districts in Tigray and is…

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Risk of COVID-19 surge threatens Africa's health facilities

In the last two weeks, Africa recorded a 20% increase in cases compared with the previous fortnight

As the risk of a surge in COVID-19 cases increases, African countries must urgently boost critical care capacity to prevent health facilities from being overwhelmed. This comes as vaccine shipments to the continent grind to a near halt. Weak observance of preventive measures, increased population movement and interaction as well…

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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…