Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

2021 Africa Investment Forum Postponed

The African Development Bank Group and the Government of Côte d’Ivoire wish to thank previously expected participants and delegations and look forward to hosting the event at a future date

Following consultations with the Government of Côte d’Ivoire and the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org), the 2021 Africa Investment Forum scheduled for December 1-3, 2021, in Abidjan, is postponed until further notice. The President of the African Development Bank Group, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina said: “The…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Joint Statement on Dose Donations of COVID-19 Vaccines to African Countries

Dose donations have been an important source of supply while other sources are stepping up, but the quality of donations needs to improve

Building on lessons learned from our collective experience with dose donations over the past several months, the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT), the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) and COVAX wish to draw the attention of the international community to the situation of donations of COVID-19…

Source: World Food Programme (WFP) |

USAID Boosts Support to Zimbabwe through Resilience-building

Urban populations will benefit from the contribution through WFP’s Urban Resilience Building Programme which aims to reach up to 180,000 households across 19 urban domains

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a US$5.7 million contribution from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to support people experiencing vulnerability to food insecurity across urban and rural areas. This brings USAID’s contributions to over US$45 million over the last year. Urban populations will benefit…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Coronavirus - Africa: Update on Omicron

Researchers in South Africa and around the world are conducting studies to better understand many aspects of Omicron

On 26 November 2021, WHO designated the variant B.1.1.529 a variant of concern, named Omicron, on the advice of WHO’s Technical Advisory Group on Virus Evolution (TAG-VE) (https://bit.ly/317uIkp).  This decision was based on the evidence presented to the TAG-VE that Omicron has several mutations that may have an impact on…

Source: WHO Regional Office for Africa |

WHO Stands with African Nations and Calls for Borders to Remain Open

Travel restrictions may play a role in slightly reducing the spread of COVID-19 but place a heavy burden on lives and livelihoods

As a growing number of countries impose flight bans on southern African nations due to concerns over the new Omicron variant, World Health Organization (WHO) urges countries to follow science and the International Health Regulations (2005). Travel restrictions may play a role in slightly reducing the spread of COVID-19 but…

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WHO Urges Caution over Travel Bans linked to New COVID-19 variant

WHO Urges Caution over Travel Bans linked to New COVID-19 variant

The development on Friday came as a World Health Organization (WHO) panel prepared to meet to assess the potential impact of a new coronavirus variant identified as B 1.1.529. According to WHO’s COVID-19 technical lead, Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, the information is still limited. “There are fewer than 100 whole genome sequences that are…

Source: Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention |

Coronavirus: Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s Statement regarding the new SARS-COV-2 virus variant B.1.1.529

Many of the other identified mutations are not yet well characterized and have not been identified in other currently circulating variants

On 25 November 2021, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) in South Africa announced the detection of a new variant of the SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, following genomic sequencing. This variant is currently labelled as lineage B.1.1.529. The emergence of this new variant coincides with a sudden…

Source: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) |

Expert Group Meeting of African registrar generals kicks off in Kigali, Rwanda

This meeting comes at a time when there is a need to examine how to rebuild CRVS Systems after the disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

A four day Expert Group Meeting of African Registrar Generals and Director Generals of Civil Registration has officially begun in Kigali, Rwanda. The meeting that runs between November 23 – 26 is organized by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in collaboration with Rwanda's National Identification Agency (NIDA) under the…

Source: Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania Tel Aviv, Israel |

US Commits to Support Tanzania’s Youth as USAID Turns 60

USAID Mission Director, Ms. Veeraya Somvongsiri pointed out that the United States and Tanzania have had a long partnership

The United States has affirmed its commitment to continue collaborating with Tanzania to support the youth to advance the country's long-term prosperity and self-reliance. The Ambassador of the United States to Tanzania, Dr. Donald Wright, disclosed this in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday at a reception to commemorate 60 years since…

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Mastercard Foundation and Africa CDC’s Saving Lives and Livelihoods initiative delivers first tranche of over 15 million vaccines

Through Saving Lives and Livelihoods, the Mastercard Foundation is purchasing vaccines for more than 65 million people

The Mastercard Foundation (www.MastercardFdn.org) and Africa CDC jointly announced that 15.2 million vaccines purchased under the Saving Lives and Livelihoods initiative are currently being distributed across Africa. Through Saving Lives and Livelihoods, the Mastercard Foundation is purchasing vaccines for more than 65 million people. This is the first tranche of…