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Hybrid immunity signals a possible end to the pandemic

Hybrid immunity is considered a double layer of protection against COVID-19

A recent study by University of Witwatersrand Vaccines and Infectious Analytics Research (VIDA) reveals that people who have had both the COVID-19 vaccine and prior exposure to the virus, are less likely to get severe COVID-19 disease. This type of immunity is called hybrid immunity, also sometimes called ‘super immunity’,…

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COVID-19 vaccination in Africa increases by almost three-quarters in June 2022

Nineteen mass vaccination campaigns are being implemented in July

Administered COVID-19 doses rose by 74% in June 2022 compared to the previous month after a sustained three-month decrease between March and May. This is due to mass COVID-19 vaccination campaigns in 16 countries in June. Nineteen mass vaccination campaigns are being implemented in July. The dramatic rise in vaccines…

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Sustainable Development Goals can be Reached ‘Despite Our Grim Times’: ECOSOC President

Countries are meeting in the General Assembly Hall to examine how recovery policies can reverse the pandemic’s negative impacts

Despite two years of a “surreal struggle” against the COVID-19 pandemic, and amidst rising global challenges, optimism for achieving sustainable development persists, a senior UN official declared on Wednesday.  Collen V. Kelapile, President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), was delivering opening remarks to the ministerial segment of its…

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Nigeria: States adopt integrated vaccination strategy to reach unimmunized children

In addition to providing children with RI, the team gave out COVID-19 vaccines to those over 18 years old

In line with the Government of Nigeria’s vision of integrating all Primary Health Care (PHC) services under one plan, one team, and one budget to optimize resources and efficiently deliver all services by one team, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) is integrating COVID-19 vaccination with the Non-Polio…

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“Our Africa by Merck Foundation” Seventh Episode now on GH One TV Ghana, NTV Uganda and KTN, Kenya

“Our Africa by Merck Foundation” TV program broadcasting on three Prime TV Channels: KTN, Kenya; NTV, Uganda and GH One, Ghana

Merck Foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com), the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany released the Seventh Episode of their TV program – “Our Africa by Merck Foundation” at 2 pm on Sunday, 26th June 2022 on GHOne, Ghana, repeated at 1:30 pm on Monday; 27th June 2022. The rest of the 15 episodes…

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Amref and AstraZeneca launch mobile clinics to support last mile COVID-19 vaccination efforts in Kenya

The mobile clinics will support communities with limited or no access to vaccines and other health services

Amref Health Africa and AstraZeneca (www.AstraZeneca.com), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MoH) in Kenya, are launching a fleet of Mobile Vaccination Clinics (MVCs) in an effort to protect last-mile communities from the pandemic. The ten movable clinics will bring COVID-19 vaccines and other health services to hard-to-reach communities…

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Congo Applies COVID-19 Genomic Sequencing Skills to Other Disease

Congo’s National Public Health Laboratory is anticipating support from the World Bank to develop its own genomic sequencing capacities

Two years after the start of the pandemic, the Republic of Congo has begun to apply the genomic sequencing capacities developed in the fight against COVID-19 to other pathogens, including those responsible for malaria, tuberculosis or diarrhoeal diseases in young children. “Thanks to genomic sequencing, the authorities are informed almost…

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New ICUs Set to Open at Hospitals Across Lesotho

At Mafeteng Hospital in southwestern Lesotho, an eight-bed intensive care unit will feature a ventilator with piped oxygen and can accommodate a dedicated wing for COVID-19 patients

Critical care patients in Lesotho will soon be spared a trip to South Africa to receive treatment. The country is on the verge of opening its first intensive care units in public hospitals. At Mafeteng Hospital in southwestern Lesotho, an eight-bed intensive care unit will feature a ventilator with piped…

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Vaccinating Liberia’s Vulnerable Communities Against COVID-19

Efforts are underway to achieve high levels of vaccination among high-priority groups

Liberia has made headway with its COVID-19 vaccination having fully vaccinated 70% of the total eligible population since March 2021, when the vaccination programme kicked off. Robust coordination between the government and its partners, an effective COVID-19 steering committee and multiple mass vaccination campaigns have contributed to the country’s success.…