Coronavirus

Zimbabwe’s unvaccinated barred from work

Zimbabwe has barred unvaccinated civil servants from going to work with immediate effect. Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the government had given its workers “ample time” to get Covid-19 vaccines. The authorities say about 90% of the people admitted to hospital for Covid are unvaccinated. The country is averaging 145 new cases a day and reported seven deaths on Tuesday. …

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ECOWAS countries urged to manufacture Covid 19 vaccine

The Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has emphasized the need for the countries in the sub-region to manufacture their own Covid 19 vaccine. Acknowledging the effort being made by some countries in the region to produce the vaccine, President Akufo-Addo said “We need, as a community, to contribute to the …

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Dr. Kemi Olugemo to Jackson M’vunganyi — COVID-19 could be here longer

Nigeria-born American Neurologist Dr. Kemi Olugemo says the current vaccines administered across the world in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic do certainly give people some protection although the extent of the protection was not fully known. She says 9 to 12 months after people get vaccinated against COVID-19 they need to take immune boosters to help rejuvenate their immune …

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GHS, AfCFTA butt heads over Secretary-General’s ‘false-positive’ COVID-19 test

The Ghana Health Service has refuted suggestions it produced a false positive COVID-19 result for the Secretary-General of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) at the Kotoka International Airport. It has thus urged the Secretary-General, Wamkele Mene, to remain in isolation for the mandated seven days. The service in a statement said the “Secretary-General is to remain in isolation …

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Kenya’s anti-vaccine doctor dies of Covid

A prominent Kenyan doctor who became an anti-vaccine campaigner and conspiracy theorist has died from the disease. Dr Stephen Karanja said it was unnecessary to vaccinate Kenyans against Covid-19. Instead, he argued for steam inhalation and a cocktail of drugs, including hydroxychloroquine and zinc. He also spread conspiracy theories, involving Bill Gates and population control. Dr Karanja died on Thursday …

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Ghana begins digital verification of Covid-19 test results

Ghana has become the first country in ECOWAS to deploy a system for digital verification of COVID-19 test results as the Health Ministeries has announced to implement the system prior to travel and upon arriving. The Ministry of Health in a statement copied to Educationweb.com.gh said the technology platform, powered jointly by the Ghana Health Service and the PanaBIOS Consortium, covers all …

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Ghana Mission in Washington, others donate $59,850 to COVID-19 Fund

The Ghana Mission in Washington DC and the Ghana Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, have donated $59,850 to the Ghana COVID-19 Private Sector Fund. The donation was supported by the United States-based Ghanaian Churches and Associations. The Acting Chief Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Madam Martha Pobee, presented the cheque on behalf of …

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Africa to get 400m Johnson & Johnson vaccines

Johnson & Johnson says it will supply up to 400m doses of its vaccine to the African Union’s member states. The jab is a single shot, which should simplify its rollout in comparison to the other current vaccines, which require a second dose. Delivery will begin later in the year for 220 million doses, with the rest scheduled for the …

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Kenya ‘runs out of ICU beds’ amid Covid surge

Kenya has run out of ICU beds as the country deals with a surge in Covid-19 cases, the doctors’ union has said. Healthcare workers were among those admitted at various hospitals across the country, Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) said in a statement. Several doctors have been sharing their experiences on social media, describing heart-breaking scenes they …

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