WHO says 9 in 10 African countries to miss COVID-19 vaccination goal

“Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa, said the continent required an extra 225 million doses to be able to vaccinate a tenth of its people by September this year.”

via Reuters

Namibia: Hospitals Cancel Surgeries due to COVID-19 Surge

“The national state referral hospitals Windhoek Central Hospital and Katutura Intermediate Hospital will no longer perform any operations unless they are urgent, as the country continues to battle a third wave of COVID-19 infections.”

via The Namibian

Entebbe referral hospital closed to inpatients after COVID-19 surge

“The director of Entebbe Referral Hospital, Dr Moses Muwanga has said the facility has been closed to inpatients due to a surge in the number of COVID-19 patients being admitted at the hospital.”

via Daily Monitor

Airline sector in Africa soaks up $10 billion loss

“The airline industry in Africa recorded a passenger revenue loss of about $10.21 billion for the year 2020, with passenger numbers dropping from 95 million in 2019 to 34.7 million in 2020, representing a year-on-year decline of 63.7 percent.”

via The East African

Air Zimbabwe resumes regional flights

“This comes as Air Zimbabwe resumed domestic routes on June 2, for the first time since January last year when it stopped flights, apart from charter operations, due to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.”

via The Herald

Africa can bet on vaccine boost as Senegal hatches plan for production

“Senegal could begin producing COVID-19 vaccines next year under an agreement with Belgian biotech group Univercells aimed at boosting Africa’s drug-manufacturing ambitions, a source involved in funding the project said.”

via Sunday Times

Morocco to re-open airports to international flights on June 15

“Morocco will re-open its airports to international flights on June 15 as it continues a steady vaccination campaign in tandem with a careful lifting of measures to curb the spread of the virus. All Moroccan and foreign travelers have to submit either a proof of vaccination against coronavirus or a negative PCR test no older than 48 hours in order to be let into the country, the foreign ministry said.”

via The North Africa Post

D. R. Congo faces third wave of coronavirus, says health minister

“Like many other African countries, Congo has officially reported relatively few cases and deaths, but health authorities are concerned about a recent spike in infections that saw 243 new cases recorded on Wednesday, the highest daily figure since March.”

via Reuters

Should Donated COVID-19 Vaccines Count as ODA?

“It is difficult to think of a more urgent global priority and it is surely a best buy in international development. But does that mean that these vaccine donations should count as official development assistance (ODA)? That’s an active debate in the halls of the Development Assistance Committee, which set the rules on what counts as ODA.”

via Center for Global Development

Rwanda: We have stepped up COVID-19 vigilance in Karongi, says governor

“The Governor of Western Province has said that authorities have rolled out measures to curb COVID-19 violations in Karongi District, which was earlier this week placed under tough restrictions.”

via The New Times