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Marburg Virus Disease – Guinea – Disease Outbreak News

The country has a fragile health care system due to the overburden of disease outbreaks

On 16 September 2021, the Ministry of Health of Guinea declared the end of the Marburg virus disease outbreak in Guéckédou prefecture, Nzérékoré Region. In accordance with WHO recommendations, the declaration was made 42 days after the safe and dignified burial of the only confirmed patient reported in this outbreak.…

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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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Call for experts to join Scientific Advisory Group for the Origins of Novel Pathogens

This is critical to helping WHO, Member States and partner institutions to prepare for future spillover threats and to minimize the risk of a disease outbreak growing into a pandemic

Issued on: 20 August; Deadline: 10 September The World Health Organization (WHO) today issued an open call for experts to serve as members of the new WHO Scientific Advisory Group for the Origins of Novel Pathogens (SAGO). The SAGO will advise WHO on technical and scientific considerations regarding the origins…

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Cote d'Ivoire starts Ebola vaccination of frontline workers

The vaccine deployment from Guinea included 2000 doses from Merck

Cote d’Ivoire has launched Ebola vaccination of high-risk populations, including health workers and first responders in Abidjan, where an Ebola outbreak was declared on 14 August. The country was able to swiftly begin the vaccination on 16 August with the rVSV-ZEBOV Ebola vaccine manufactured by Merck as the vaccine doses…

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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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Marburg virus disease – Guinea – Disease outbreak news

The village where the case resided is near both Sierra Leone and Liberian borders

On 6 August 2021, the Ministry of Health of Guinea informed WHO of a confirmed case of Marburg virus disease (MVD) in Guéckédou Prefecture, Nzérékoré Region, south-western Guinea.  The village where the case resided is near both Sierra Leone and Liberian borders. This is the first known case of Marburg…

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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…