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WHO Director General's opening remarks at the high-level emergency virtual meeting of African Ministers of Health on the COVID-19 situation in Africa

Africa is the only region to have developed a unified continental strategy on COVID-19

Please find the weblink and text of the WHO Director General's opening remarks at the high-level emergency virtual meeting of African Ministers of Health on the COVID-19 situation in Africa, held today 8 May, 2021 Link: https://bit.ly/3uw542e By WHO Director General Your Excellency President Tshisekedi, Your Excellency President Ramaphosa, Your Excellency…

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RTS,S malaria vaccine reaches more than 650 000 children in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi through groundbreaking pilot programme

Malaria vaccine coverage through childhood immunization programme signals strong community demand for vaccine

Two years on from the launch of a pilot programme, more than 1.7 million doses of the world’s first malaria vaccine have been administered in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi, benefitting more than 650 000 children with additional malaria protection. The number of children reached in this relatively short period indicates strong community…

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WHO and the International Organisation of the Francophonie (IOF) sign Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen access to health in Francophone countries

Promoting COVID-19 vaccine equity, fighting malaria and advancing universal health coverage are key elements of the memorandum

The World Health Organization and the International Organisation of the Francophonie (IOF) today signed a memorandum of understanding to scale up collaboration and boost access to health services in Francophone countries. The agreement, finalized at a ceremony held at the WHO Headquarters in Geneva, focuses on advancing universal health coverage, fighting…

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Interim statement of the COVID-19 subcommittee of the WHO Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety on AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, 7 April 2021

Events under assessment are very rare, with low numbers reported among the almost 200 million individuals who have received the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

The COVID-19 subcommittee of the WHO Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS) has reviewed reports of rare cases of blood clots with low platelets following vaccination with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine (including Covishield) since their onset a few weeks ago. At its most recent meeting on 7 April, 2021,…

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WHO urges countries to build a fairer, healthier world post-COVID-19

As countries move forward post-COVID-19, it will be vital to avoid cuts in public spending on health and other social sectors

COVID-19 has unfairly impacted some people more harshly than others, exacerbating existing inequities in health and welfare within and between countries. For World Health Day, 7 April 2021, WHO is therefore issuing five calls for urgent action to improve health for all people. Within countries, illness and death from COVID-19 have been…

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Tunisia receives first batch of COVID-19 vaccines through COVAX Facility

The COVAX Initiative also provided the Ministry of Health with a set of 506,400 syringes and 1,100 safety boxes

Tunisia received today the first batch of 93,600 doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX Facility. This delivery is part of a first wave of arrivals that will continue during the year, with the goal of vaccinating 20% ​​of the population in Tunisia. “This shipment represents an important step…

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Coronavirus - Ghana: COVID-19 vaccine doses shipped by the COVAX Facility head to Ghana, marking beginning of global rollout

Ghana became the first country outside India to receive COVID-19 vaccine doses shipped via the COVAX Facility

COVAX announces 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine licensed to Serum Institute of India have arrived in Accra, Ghana; further deliveries to Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire are expected this week; Final first round of allocations for doses of AstraZeneca/Oxford and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, to the majority of countries and economies participating in the COVAX Facility,…

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WHO launches consolidated guidelines for malaria

They are designed to support malaria-affected countries in their efforts to reduce and, ultimately, eliminate a disease that continues to claim more than 400 000 lives each year

The WHO Guidelines for malaria, launched today, bring together the Organization’s most up-to-date recommendations for malaria in one user-friendly and easy-to-navigate online platform (http://bit.ly/3bg8bmF). They are designed to support malaria-affected countries in their efforts to reduce and, ultimately, eliminate a disease that continues to claim more than 400 000 lives each…

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Coronavirus - The Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine: what you need to know

Vaccination is recommended for persons with comorbidities that have been identified as increasing the risk of severe COVID-19

The WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) has issued interim recommendations for use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine (AZD1222).  Here’s a brief summary; you may access the guidance document here.  Who should be vaccinated first? While vaccine supplies are limited, it is recommended that priority be given…

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An innovative and unique partnership: WHO, Sweden and Somalia work together to improve health outcomes for all Somalis

Sweden is working closely with WHO to support the establishment of an independent Somali public health authority: The National Institute of Health

Nearly 30 years of conflict and instability have heavily marked Somalia’s recent history. Some gains are being made, but the country still faces many challenges ahead. Somalia’s health indicators, especially for women and children rank among the lowest in the world. Recently published statistics show that maternal mortality and deaths…