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Coronavirus: Leaders make urgent call to accelerate vaccination globally and in Africa

The leaders stressed that the worst pandemic in the last hundred years will not end unless and until, there is genuine global cooperation on vaccine supply and access

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and a group of global health leaders today issued an urgent call for vaccine equity globally and in Africa in particular. The leaders stressed that the worst pandemic in the last hundred years will not end unless and until, there is genuine global cooperation on vaccine supply…

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Coronavirus: Sierra Leone Receives 113,490 Pfizer Vaccines Donated by the US Government via COVAX Facility

The COVAX Facility has been instrumental in ensuring that COVID-19 vaccines are available in Sierra Leone to protect people

The United States Government, through the COVAX Facility, has boosted the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination drive in Sierra Leone, with a donation of 113,490 doses of the Pfizer vaccines.  This generous contribution from the US Government comes within a week of Sierra Leone receiving consignments of 151,200 doses of the Johnson & Johnson…

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Coronavirus – Africa: Medical Product Alert N°5/2021: Falsified COVISHIELD vaccine

Falsified COVISHIELD vaccine identified in the WHO regions of Africa and South- East Asia

Alert Summary This WHO Medical Product Alert refers to falsified COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 Corona Virus Vaccines (Recombinant)) identified in the WHO African Region, and the WHO South-East Asia Region. The falsified products were reported to WHO in July and August 2021. The genuine manufacturer of COVISHIELD (Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd.)…

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Egypt receives third batch of 1 766 400 AstraZeneca vaccines through the COVAX Facility

To increase vaccination rates in Egypt the Ministry of Health and Population has opened more than 400 vaccination centres in the past few months

Egypt has received an additional 1 766 400 COVID-19 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine in a third batch of vaccines delivered via the COVAX Facility. This delivery will provide an important boost to the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Egypt. The arrival of the vaccines is important at this stage…

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Coronavirus: WHO Statement on advancing the next series of studies to find the origins of SARS-CoV-2

WHO calls for all governments to depoliticize the situation and cooperate to accelerate the origins studies

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, WHO has been working with Member States and the scientific community to better understand how this pandemic began so that we can be better prepared for the next one.  Following the publication of the WHO-China joint report of the phase one studies on…

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Coronavirus - South Africa: New consortium working to boost vaccine production in South Africa

MPP, WHO, AFRIGEN, BIOVAC, SAMRC, and Africa CDC sign a letter of intent towards establishing the tech transfer hub in South Africa

The Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) and the World Health Organization (WHO),  Afrigen Biologics (PTY) Limited, the Biologicals and Vaccines Institute of Southern Africa  (Biovac), the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) and Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) have signed a letter of intent to address the global imbalance…

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Joint COVAX Statement on the Equal Recognition of Vaccines

COVAX urges all regional, national and local government authorities to recognise as fully vaccinated all people who have received COVID-19 vaccines that have been deemed safe and effective by the World Health Organization

COVAX was built on the principle of equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines to protect the health of people all across the globe. That means protecting their lives and livelihoods, including their ability to travel and conduct trade. As travel and other possibilities begin to open up in some parts of…

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UNESCO and WHO urge countries to make every school a health-promoting school

Global standards will be piloted in Botswana, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya and Paraguay

UNESCO and the World Health Organization today launched the Global Standards for Health-promoting Schools, a resource package for schools to improve the health and well-being of 1.9 billion school-aged children and adolescents.  The closure of many schools around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic has caused severe disruptions to education. …

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The Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator partnership welcomes commitment of 870 million vaccine doses and calls for more investment in all tools to end the pandemic

870 million vaccine doses for low and low-middle income countries over the next year

G7 leaders donate 870 million vaccine doses for low and low-middle income countries over the next year, vital for reducing virus transmission; G7 leaders emphasize the importance of all ACT-Accelerator tools to exit the pandemic; ACT-Accelerator’s funding gap remains significant with an urgent need for funding of tests, treatments and health…

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WHO supports people quitting tobacco to reduce their risk of severe COVID-19

Smokers face a 40 – 50% higher risk of developing severe disease and death from COVID-19

WHO Director-General Special Awards for World No Tobacco Day (https://bit.ly/3vtNHQd) announced: Minister of Health India and University of Bath for exceptional achievement in tobacco control; Smokers face a 40 – 50% higher risk of developing severe disease and death from COVID-19; WHO partners with  Viber (https://bit.ly/3bZNrR2), WhatsApp (https://bit.ly/3oYPcDn), FB Messenger, WeChat and AI company Soul Machines to…