News & Analysis: Vaccine access and delivery

Rwanda expands COVID-19 vaccinations to all people over 18 in Kigali

“Rwanda’s Health Ministry said Monday that it has started a third phase of mass COVID-19 vaccinations using the Pfizer vaccine targeting adults 18 years and over in the capital Kigali. The ministry expects to reach over 90% of eligible people over a two-week operation at multiple vaccination sites across the districts of Gasabo, Kicukiro and Nyarugenge before extending the vaccinations to other secondary cities.”

via Anadolu Agency

Active COVID-19 Cases Reach 71,387 in Morocco

“Morocco’s Health Ministry has been warning citizens about the importance of taking preventive measures, including wearing masks properly. The ministry also urged citizens eligible for the vaccine to visit the nearest center to receive the vaccination.”

via Morocco World News

Third wave ‘stubbornly persists’, young adults urged to get vaccinated

“’The third wave remains stubbornly in our midst, with a resurgence moving decisively from Gauteng to coastal provinces,’” Health Minister Joe Phaahla said during the weekly COVID-19 update.”

via Mail & Guardian

Senegal: Vaccine Access and COVID-19

“Senegal needs greater capacity for pharmaceutical and vaccine manufacturing now and for the future. In the interim, it needs access to efficacious vaccines for its citizens. If this pandemic has taught us nothing else, it is that public health is global health. What happens in China, Senegal, or the United States can directly impact someone across the world.”

via African Arguments

The Economic Case for Global Vaccinations

“A study commissioned by the International Chamber of Commerce Research Foundation has found that the global economy stands to lose as much as US$9.2 trillion if governments fail to ensure developing economy access to COVID-19 vaccines.”

via International Chamber of Commerce

Vaccine demand spirals as third wave hits home

“As the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic sweeps across Africa, the continent has become the most vulnerable region hit by the more transmissible Delta variant of the disease due to lack of vaccines and health facilities.”

via Africa Confidential

Daily new COVID-19 cases drop, but recent civil unrest might cause new surge (South Africa)

“After recent looting and arson in parts of South Africa partly derailed the government’s efforts in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, data on Friday showing a downward trend in new infections and an upward trend in vaccinations nationwide has brought some consolation.”

via Mail & Guardian

Vaccine Diplomacy and Beyond: New Trends in Chinese Image-Building in Africa

“The paper shows that while Chinese diplomats have experimented with many innovative public diplomacy tools, the Guangzhou incident occasioned a retreat to more conventional methods.”

via SAIIA

Pfizer and BioNTech to produce vaccine in Cape Town in African push

“Pfizer and BioNTech will begin manufacturing their COVID-19 vaccine in South Africa, as part of an effort to accelerate the rollout of the jab on a continent battling another wave of infections.”

via Financial Times

June records highest COVID-19 cases (Rwanda)

“The highest number of new COVID-19 infections were recorded in the month of June, according to the weekly Epidemiological Bulletin of July 4 from Rwanda Biomedical Centre.”

via The New Times