News & Analysis: Vaccine access and delivery

South Sudan plans to dispose of 60,000 expired COVID-19vaccines

“South Sudan, emerging from six years of brutal civil war, faces serious logistical difficulties in transporting the vaccine around the country, due to lack of roads and security challenges.”

via The East African

DR Congo launches COVID-19 vaccination campaign

“Health Minister Eteni Longondo launched the campaign at the University Clinics of Kinshasa. Some diplomats including the representative of the EU were present at the launching of the vaccination campaign. The Central African country received 1.7 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses through the UN-led COVAX facility last month.”

via Anadolu Agency

Coronavirus: Ngozi, Diop & Tedros unite to break the vaccine deadlock in Africa

“Africa accounts for only a small share of global vaccinations. According to the WHO Regional Office for Africa, only 2% of the 690 million vaccines administered worldwide have been administered on the African continent.”

via The Africa Report

World Bank Approves $30 Million to Support COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout in Rwanda

“This is the second additional financing for the Rwanda COVID-19 Emergency Response Project, bringing a total of $45.19 million in World Bank contributions to the country’s national COVID-19 health response and vaccination campaign.”

via World Bank

Eswatini COVID-19 Response Gets a Boost

“Along with a $3 million grant from the Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Trust Fund, the total $8 million will support the ongoing drive to vaccinate 40 percent of the country’s 1.16 million population.”

via World Bank

The Gambia Secures More Funds for COVID-19 Vaccines

“The World Bank Board approved $8 million additional financing from the International Development Association to provide The Gambia with safe and effective vaccine purchase and deployment.”

via World Bank

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