News & Analysis: Health impact

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

A Pandemic of Vaccine and Technology Hoarding: Unmasking Global Inequality and Hypocrisy

“Intellectual property waivers are key to dismantling global vaccine apartheid and providing equitable vaccination to Africa and other continents. “

via The Cairo Review of Global Affairs

‘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

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

Siaya Hospitals Run out Of Oxygen and Beds as COVID-19 Cases, Deaths Soar

“The fourth wave of the pandemic has taken a toll on residents in the region, with statistics from the county department of health showing at least one patient dies daily.”

via Tuko

Strive Masiyiwa: “How can I say science has delivered a miracle to people who are dying?”

“The fact is, it’s not about sharing. It’s about allowing us access to the production capacity. If you loosen the contracts so that the supply capacity can be released to other nations, that is all we ask.”

via Milken Institute

Health crisis as COVID-19 sweeps East Africa

“East Africa is in the throes of a public health crisis as its healthcare systems sag under the weight of a rapid third wave of COVID-19, largely blamed on the deadly Delta strain.”

via The East African