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AZD1222 vaccine met primary efficacy endpoint in preventing COVID-19

Two different dosing regimens demonstrated efficacy with one showing a better profile; No hospitalisations or severe cases of COVID-19 in participants treated with AZD1222

Today marks an important step in turning the corner on the pandemic and getting things back to normal. Following the positive high-level results from an interim analysis of clinical trials of AZD1222 in the UK and Brazil, which showed the vaccine was highly effective in preventing COVID-19, we are confident that…

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Merck Foundation marks “World Diabetes Day 2020” in partnership with African First Ladies and Ministries of Health by building Diabetes and hypertension care capacity nationwide

Merck Foundation to expand their ‘Diabetes Blue Points Program’ to more countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America

Merck Foundation (Merck-Foundation.com) has enrolled about 500 doctors from 39 countries to one-year diploma and two-year master degree to build Diabetes, cardiovascular preventive and endocrinology capacity across Africa, Asia and Latin America; Merck Foundation to expand their ‘Diabetes Blue Points Program’ to more countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Merck…

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AU Statement on AU Vaccines Financing Strategy

Africa needs to vaccinate around 60% of the population to arrest further transmission and death from COVID-19

His Excellency, President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa of the Republic of South Africa, and Chairperson of the African Union convened and presided over a teleconference Meeting to discuss Africa’s strategy for financing COVID-19 vaccines on 7th November 2020. The following attended the Meeting: the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, His…

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Merck Foundation marks World Science Day through Empowering Women and Youth in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in Africa

Merck Foundation empowers Women and Youth in Scientific Research through “MARS Best Young African Researchers Awards” and “MARS Best African Women Researchers Awards”, since 2015

Merck Foundation (Merck-Foundation.com), the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, marks World Science Day through their Merck Africa Research Summit–MARS Awards 2020 for best Young African Researchers and best Women African Researchers. Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and One of 100 Most Influential Africans (2019, 2020) explains, “Merck Foundation…

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Philips and the African Union join forces to create access to healthcare solutions for COVID-19 and beyond

Partnership to launch first-of-its-kind ventilator exchange program

Philips (www.Philips.com) and the African Union through the Africa Medical Supplies Platform will provide medical equipment and expertise in response to the immediate needs of medical practitioners and COVID-19 patients; First-of-its-kind ventilator exchange program dedicated to African Union Member States & their hospitals will allow healthcare facilities to replace outdated…

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Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) and International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) Intensify their Support to the African Countries to Fight COVID-19 Pandemic through the Arab Africa Trade Bridges (AATB) Program

The contribution of BADEA will help finance key initiatives targeting the health and pharmaceutical sectors in Africa

The Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) intensifies its partnership with the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) (http://www.ITFC-IDB.org) to support African Countries to fight COVID-19 through a joint program under the Arab Africa Trade Bridges (AATB). This took place during a signing ceremony at the Headquarters of…

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Merck Foundation announces the winners of “Stay at Home” Media Recognition Awards 2020 for Democratic Republic of the Congo

The theme of the awards was ‘Raising Awareness on how to Stay Safe and Keep Physically and Mentally Healthy during Coronavirus Lockdown’

Merck Foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com), the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany announced the winners of “Stay at Home” Media Recognition Awards for Democratic Republic of the Congo in partnership with H.E. DENISE NYAKERU TSHISEKEDI, The First Lady of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The theme of the awards was ‘Raising Awareness…

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Merck Foundation partners with Burundi First Lady to build healthcare capacity, empower girls in education and break the infertility stigma

The First Lady of Burundi was also appointed as the Ambassador of Merck More Than a Mother during the meeting

Merck Foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com), the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany partnered with The First Lady of Burundi, H.E. Madam ANGELINE NDAYISHIMIYE, during a high-level meeting held between Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and Burundi First Lady. During the meeting, Merck Foundation underscored their long-term commitment to continue their…

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Coronavirus: Members discuss intellectual property response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Discussion on a proposal submitted by India and South Africa for a temporary waiver of certain Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) obligations

At the meeting of the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) on 15-16 October 2020, WTO members discussed how best to use the global intellectual property (IP) system to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. Members also discussed the extension of the transitional period for least developed countries (LDCs)…

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Webinar: Vaccination in Africa - A Public Health Priority

The webinar will be a platform to educate and inform journalists on the importance of vaccination and on concepts related to immunisation in sub-Saharan Africa

Global NGO Amref Health Africa (https://Amref.org/home/), biopharmaceutical company MSD (www.MSD.com) and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) (https://AfricaCDC.org) will hold a webinar for journalists to discuss the importance of vaccination, and the media’s central role in creating awareness of the value of immunization as a public…