Latest Developments

Kenya: Gov’t to Import Johnson & Johnson Vaccines to Back up AstraZeneca Jabs

“The government’s decision to import the Johnson & Johnson vaccines had been invoked by challenges in the global supply of the AstraZeneca vaccine due to the situation in India.”

via Tuko

DR Congo launches COVID-19 vaccination campaign

“Health Minister Eteni Longondo launched the campaign at the University Clinics of Kinshasa. Some diplomats including the representative of the EU were present at the launching of the vaccination campaign. The Central African country received 1.7 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses through the UN-led COVAX facility last month.”

via Anadolu Agency

Kenyans suffer as hospitals face acute oxygen shortage

“We used to refill the oxygen at around 2,000 Kenyan shillings ($20). Now the price has soared, and the demand is high due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now a refill costs us two or three times the amount because there’s a shortage.”

via Anadolu Agency

Coronavirus: Ngozi, Diop & Tedros unite to break the vaccine deadlock in Africa

“Africa accounts for only a small share of global vaccinations. According to the WHO Regional Office for Africa, only 2% of the 690 million vaccines administered worldwide have been administered on the African continent.”

via The Africa Report

South Africa health regulator recommends resuming Johnson & Johnson vaccinations

“The J&J vaccine was the only one rolled out in South Africa, until the country suspended it on Tuesday, risking further disruption to vaccinations in Africa’s most industrial economy.”

via Financial Times

COVID-19 Vaccines Available, but Reluctance is Contagious in Senegal

“While people around the world wait impatiently to be vaccinated against COVID-19, an inoculation site in Senegal was empty on a recent day – a sign of the ambivalence nationwide.”

via Eyewitness News

Africa CDC says cannot predict when second COVID-19 shots will arrive

“Many Africans who have received their first COVID-19 vaccine do not know when they will get a second shot because deliveries are delayed, the continent’s top public health official said on Thursday.”

via Reuters

CAR: First Vaccines Arrive In Bangui For UN Personnel

“The government of the Central African Republic is awaiting a delivery of AstraZeneca vaccines for the rest of the population.”

via Republic World

Cameroon receives 200,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines from China

“Cameroon has received a donation of 200,000 doses of Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccine, Sinopharm, after it suspended the approval of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines over safety concerns.”

via The East African

Pandemic treaty must evolve into international technology accord, says Kojo Annan

“But if leading nations don’t encourage widespread adoption of technological improvements, we simply won’t get the potential boost from global productivity and profitability.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph