Mozambique gets first batch of COVID-19 vaccines from China

“Mozambique received 200,000 doses of COVID-19 inoculations from China on Wednesday, but the country is yet to disclose its vaccination plan.”

via The East African

Ghana receives world’s first doses of free Covax vaccines

“Ghana on Wednesday became the first country to receive vaccines from Covax, a global scheme to procure and distribute Covid inoculations for free for poorer countries.”

via The East African

Common childhood vaccine linked to COVID-19 immunity

“Study says that when given at the right time, the Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG), could protect newborns against a variety of common conditions such as upper respiratory tract infections, chest complications like pneumonia or bronchitis, diarrhoea and potentially COVID-19.”

via The East African

South Sudan to receive COVID-19 vaccine this month

““I am happy to inform you that we have met all the requirements and have received information from COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (Covax) that 864,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine have been allocated to South Sudan.”

via The East African

Kenya: Tourism gropes in the dark of losses related to COVID-19

“According to data from Kenya Private Sector Alliance at least 3.1 million jobs in travel and tourism were affected in the year 2020 as hotels, bars and restaurants, tour operators, airlines, travel agents and their suppliers and support services recorded low business.”

via The East African

Zanzibar VP Seif Hamad says in hospital after COVID-19 diagnosis

“Zanzibar’s First Vice President Seif Sharif Hamad has confirmed reports that he has been hospitalised saying he tested positive for coronavirus. Mr Hamad is the chairman of the main opposition Alliance for Change and Transparency in the Tanzanian archipelago, which joined the ruling Chama cha Mapinduzi to form a government of national unity after the October elections last year.”

via The East African

African Union secures another 400 million vaccine doses

“The African Union has secured an additional 400 million doses of coronavirus vaccines for its members… This comes on top of an earlier announcement by the AU that it had secured 270 million vaccine doses.”

via The East African

EAC states to get 39 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from AU

“East African Community members states are expected to receive some 39 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine from the African Union (AU), which has secured a deal to procure 270 million of the same for all member states.”

via The East African

As the world moves on with inoculations, region’s vaccine strategy remains unclear

“As countries around the world that are already vaccinating their citizens against COVID-19 debate doses and time frames to protect efficacy, African countries are still struggling to come up with strategies, or not considering any at all.”

via The East African

Rwanda bans travel to Kigali as coronavirus deaths increase

“Effective, Tuesday, January 5, public and private transport to and from its capital Kigali is suspended for 15 days after which the government will issue new guidelines.”

via The East African