News & Analysis: Health impact

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

Ghana becomes recipient of historic first shipment of COVAX vaccines

“After a year of disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 80,700 Ghanaians getting infected with the virus and over 580 lost lives, the path to recovery for the people of Ghana can finally begin.”

via WHO Africa

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

US issues fresh travel advisory against Tanzania, urges citizens not to visit country

“‘Do not travel to Tanzania due to COVID-19. For the duration of the pandemic, Tanzania has not implemented stay at home orders, nor limited transportation options or business operations,’ the embassy said.”

via Tuko

Senegal begins covid-19 vaccination with doses from China’s Sinopharm

“Senegal is hoping to inoculate about 90% of a targeted 3.5 million people. Health workers, high-risk persons between 19 and 60 are expected to be vaccinated by the end of the year.”

via Africa News

Cameroon minister urges respect of virus measures

“Cameroon health minister has urged the population to respect coronavirus restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the virus across the Central African country. The second wave of COVID-19 boosted increase in the country’s figures.”

via Anadolu Agency

Egypt establishes fund to support medical staff

“The Egyptian Ministry of Health has announced the establishment of a fund to support medical staff after their efforts fighting the coronavirus disease.”

via Arab News

To Decolonize Global Health, We Must Examine the Global Political Economy

“These costs demonstrate that we cannot talk about decolonizing without discussing colonialism’s most fundamental legacy in global health: a political economy that prioritizes financial sustainability over access to health care in countries where ‘resource limitations’ have always been externally imposed.”

via Think Global Health

Vivian Nwakah: Advancing Equitable Access to Safer Medication in Africa

COVID-19 Africa Watch talks to Vivian Nwakah, Founder and CEO of Medsaf, about addressing the inefficiencies and inequalities in African healthcare systems.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch