News & Analysis: Vaccine access and delivery

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

Africa could produce a COVID-19 vaccine sooner than you think

“Current vaccine makers would still need to be willing to share their knowledge with new producers. But no country that invested in COVID-19 vaccine production made this kind of knowledge sharing, often called technology transfer, a requirement of their funding, at least to the public’s knowledge.”

via Mail & Guardian

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

Western Warnings Tarnish COVID-19 Vaccines the World Badly Needs

“African health officials have reacted with fury at the breezy reassurances of American and European lawmakers that people denied the AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson shots could be given another vaccine. In much of the world, there are no other vaccines.”

via New York Times

Dr. Dennis Carroll: How Can We Prevent the Next Pandemic?

“The viruses that we do know are only those that have already caused great harm, but we know that that’s less than 1 percent of all the viruses that have that same potential. Those viruses are currently circulating in wildlife today. The next pandemic, the next epidemic virus already exists.”

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Cameroon Health Workers Doubt Efficacy of Chinese COVID-19 Vaccines

“Health care workers in Cameroon say they are reluctant to take the coronavirus vaccines donated by China because they doubt the drug’s efficacy. On Sunday, 200,000 Sinopharm doses arrived in Cameroon’s capital. Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute accepted the vaccine donation on behalf of President Paul Biya at Yaounde’s international airport, in a ceremony that was broadcast live on state radio and television.”

via VOA News

Algeria to start Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine production in September

“Algeria will start producing Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine in September in partnership with Moscow, and part of the production will be intended for African countries, the pharmaceutical industry minister said on Wednesday.”

via Reuters

Inequalities in Global Distribution Drive Risk of Fake COVID-19 Vaccines in Africa

“The unequal global distribution of COVID-19 vaccines could spur the trade in fake doses in Africa — a hotspot for counterfeit medicines, analysts warned on Friday, citing the seizure of falsified vaccination shots in South Africa.”

via Global Citizen