Latest Developments

COVID-19: Uncertainty in fight against pandemic as Delta variant rages (Nigeria)

“As the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic was ending in Nigeria and some other African countries, little did anyone know that a more infectious and deadly strain of the virus was yet to emerge.”

via Vanguard

‘Contingency plans’ for delivery of oxygen as unrest puts private hospitals in KZN and Gauteng under pressure

“The rioting has compromised the services provided by third-party suppliers, specifically: catering, cleaning and security. All our hospitals are coping to the best of their ability and making contingency plans to ensure that our patients continue to receive the best care possible under the circumstances. We can confirm that we have closed vaccination sites at KZN Life Healthcare hospitals until further notice.”

via Daily Maverick

Morocco to Spearhead Vaccine Production in Africa

“Morocco plans to launch its vaccine production capabilities soon, with the initial batch scheduled to be released in a few weeks.”

via Morocco World News

South Africa records 16,302 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours

“Of the new cases, the NICD said that 8,543 were recorded in Gauteng, followed by 1,945 cases recorded in the Western Cape.”

via Sunday Times

UNICEF: COVID-19 infections in Libya is on the rise

“The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned that the number of COVID-19 infections in Libya is on the rise.”

via Libya Observer

Senegal and Team Europe to build a manufacturing plant to produce COVID-19 vaccines

“President Macky Sall of Senegal, said yesterday that he welcome the support of Team Europe and other partners, including the United States and the World Bank Group, for their support in constructing a manufacturing plant in Senegal to produce vaccines against COVID-19 and other endemic diseases.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph

COVID-19: Rwanda confirms Delta variant

“The latest diagnostics and symptoms manifested in COVID-19 patients in Rwanda confirm the presence of Delta Variant in the country, an official has said. Dr Daniel Ngamije, Rwanda’s Minister of Health, said the current virus spreads faster, is deadlier and has symptoms different from what was known before.”

via The East African

Uganda to Vaccinate Half Its Population Before Reopening Economy

“Uganda will spend 4 trillion shillings ($1.1 billion) to battle the coronavirus pandemic in a three-year plan that involves vaccinating 22 million people before fully reopening the economy.”

via Bloomberg

Kenya seeks Sh3.3 billion from Global Fund for COVID-19 war

“Kenya has returned to the Global Fund for Sh3.3 billion ($31.1 million) to boost its COVID-19 response amid an ambitious vaccination plan targeting the entire adult population by the end of next year.”

via Business Daily Africa

Ethiopia: Second Round of Vaccination Commences Despite Shortages

“Over two million have so far been vaccinated in Ethiopia and a quick calculation will show that there can not be more than 150,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine left in stock. This means that hundreds of thousands of people will be forced to wait until the government can source a new batch.”

via Addis Fortune