Rwanda expands COVID-19 vaccinations to all people over 18 in Kigali

“Rwanda’s Health Ministry said Monday that it has started a third phase of mass COVID-19 vaccinations using the Pfizer vaccine targeting adults 18 years and over in the capital Kigali. The ministry expects to reach over 90% of eligible people over a two-week operation at multiple vaccination sites across the districts of Gasabo, Kicukiro and Nyarugenge before extending the vaccinations to other secondary cities.”

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Rwanda expands coronavirus lockdown areas amid surge in new infections

“Rwanda on Tuesday announced tighter coronavirus lockdowns in 50 administrative areas as new cases surge. The measures were designed to keep people mostly at home in areas with the highest infection rates based on a health assessment, said local government minister Jean Marie Vianne Gatabazi.”

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South Sudan runs out of COVID-19 vaccines

“Health authorities say country has exhausted its supply of AstraZeneca doses received under COVAX facility.”

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Rwanda introduces quarantine for travelers from Uganda, India

“Travelers arriving from India and Uganda or those who have traveled there in the last seven days will be required upon arriving in Rwanda to complete a mandatory seven-day quarantine, the Health Ministry said Wednesday in its updated rules which came into force Tuesday. The ministry encouraged airlines to check whether passengers have booked seven days in its designated hotels before boarding.”

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Kenyan medics decry lack of COVID-19 vaccines

“Kenya’s frontline workers, mostly doctors, have come out publicly to complain about missing their second dose appointments for a COVID vaccine due to a shortage in the East African country.”

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Risk of COVID-19 surge threatens health facilities in Africa, WHO says

“African countries must urgently boost critical care capacity to prevent health facilities from being overwhelmed due to COVID-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Thursday. At a virtual press briefing, Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO regional director for Africa, said the gap between COVID-19 vaccinations globally and on the African continent is increasing because of vaccine inequity.”

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South Africa tightens pandemic restrictions as new cases rise

“‘After several months of low transmission, the number of infections has begun to rise sharply in several parts of the country,’ President Cyril Ramaphosa said in a televised address to the nation.”

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Cameroon cancels national day festivities due to COVID-19

“Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh, secretary general at the president’s office, said in a statement that Biya urged Cameroonians to strictly observe government-prescribed social distancing measures during the commemoration of May 20 as well as the celebration of forthcoming religious feast days.”

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Africa is only region to have unified strategy on COVID-19, says WHO head

“Africa is the only region to have developed a unified continental strategy for the coronavirus pandemic that has delivered results, the head of the World Health Organization said Saturday.”

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Africa CDC head appeals to avoid mass gatherings

“‘Do not have mass gatherings,’ said John Nkengasong while addressing a weekly press briefing on the continent’s response to COVID-19. ‘We cannot be complacent.’”

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