Africa nears 6 million confirmed Covid-19 cases as fatalities hit 151,775

AFRICA — As of today, there are 5,949,740 confirmed cases of Covid-19 from 55 African countries while over 37,004,431 vaccinations have been administered across the continent. Reported deaths in Africa stand at 151,775 and 5,140,313 people have recovered. South Africa has the most reported cases 2,179,297 and 64,138 mortality cases. Other most-affected countries are Morocco (541,405), Tunisia (491,021), Egypt (282,985), Ethiopia (276,984), Libya (201,236) and Kenya (188,513). Many countries in Africa have rolled out mass vaccination drives to contain the spread of the virus, even though the uptake of the…

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Senegal to build US$8.01 million COVID-19 vaccine plant in collaboration with European Union

SENEGAL – Construction of a new plant in Senegal to manufacture COVID-19 vaccines is expected to begin later this year, and the facility should produce 25 million doses per month by the end of 2022. The Institut Pasteur in Senegal’s capital Dakar, which will run the plant, and various European development partners said the facility would help Africa reduce its dependence on vaccine imports, which currently account for 99% of its needs. “Africa currently imports 99% of its vaccines. But with today’s agreement, Team Europe is helping Senegal move one…

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African youngsters shortlisted for Health Innovators Awards by FPMA and Speak Up Africa

SENEGAL – The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA) and Speak Up Africa have announced the 15 shortlisted applicants who are now in the running to win the African Young Innovators for Health Award. The 15 shortlisted applicants, in alphabetical order, are: Angella Kyomugisha, Kaaro Health Uganda, Chrispin Akuzwe, Smart Chair Patient Monitoring System, Conrad Tankou, GICMED, Dysmus Kisilu, SolarFreeze and Emmanuel Kamuhire, A-Lite Uganda. Also, in the list are; Harrison Suhnfor, H&S Technologies; Imodoye Abioro, Mediverse; John Mwangi, Daktari; Mohamed Taha Ben Mhenni, Vitah and Marie Chantal…

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South Africa, Senegal, Rwanda, Nigeria considered as vaccine production hubs-WTO

AFRICA – Africa is working with the European Union and other partners to establish regional vaccine manufacturing hubs in South Africa, Senegal and Rwanda. Nigeria is also under consideration for the program, World Trade Organization (WTO) Director General, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has said. “We have now seen that over-centralization of vaccine production capacity is incompatible with equitable access in a crisis situation,” Okonjo-Iweala said on Monday during a virtual meeting. Regional production hubs, in tandem with open supply chains, will offer a more promising path to preparedness for future health crisis…

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