Nepal kicks off inoculations against coronavirus with medical workers

The Himalayan nation of Nepal launched its largest immunisation campaign on Wednesday with its first coronavirus vaccinations for medical workers, following a gift of one million doses from giant neighbour India. Wearing a traditional black peaked cap and sleeveless red vest, a doctor at a teaching hospital in the capital, Kathmandu, became the first recipient… Read More Nepal kicks off inoculations against coronavirus with medical workers

Myanmar begins coronavirus vaccination with healthcare workers

Myanmar launched a COVID-19 vaccination programme on Wednesday, with healthcare staff and volunteer medical workers the first to receive shots of the AstraZeneca and Oxford University vaccine donated by neighbouring India. The Southeast Asian country managed to contain the number of COVID-19 cases early in the pandemic, but is now fighting a second wave, recording… Read More Myanmar begins coronavirus vaccination with healthcare workers

Israel bans international flights to curb spread of coronavirus

Israel placed a ban on passenger flights in and out of the country from Monday evening for a week, the government announced on Sunday, as protesters in some ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities clashed with police over coronavirus lockdown measures. Clashes broke out between ultra-Orthodox protesters in the city of Bnei Brak and police forces who came… Read More Israel bans international flights to curb spread of coronavirus

Egypt kicks off coronavirus vaccination with frontline medical workers

Egypt began vaccinating frontline medical staff against COVID-19 on Sunday using the jab developed by China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm). The vaccine will be provided free of charge first to all doctors and frontline workers treating coronavirus patients, then to other medical workers, senior citizens and people with chronic illnesses, Health Minister Hala Zayed said.… Read More Egypt kicks off coronavirus vaccination with frontline medical workers

Brazil begins coronavirus vaccination in indigenous Amazon villages

Brazilian military flew medical personnel and 1,000 doses of a Chinese vaccine deep into the Amazon rainforest on Tuesday to start inoculating indigenous people against the coronavirus. Isabel Ticuna, 68, was the first to receive the vaccine in Umariaçu, a village of wooden houses on the banks of the Amazon River. The village is a… Read More Brazil begins coronavirus vaccination in indigenous Amazon villages

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo warns of impending health system overload as coronavirus cases surge

Ghana’s COVID-19 infection rates are skyrocketing and include new strains of the virus not before seen in the country, filling treatment centres and threatening to overwhelm the health system, President Nana Akufo-Addo said on Sunday. Since January 5, the number of active cases has risen to 1,924 from about 900, Akufo-Addo said in a speech.… Read More Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo warns of impending health system overload as coronavirus cases surge

Brazil approves emergency use of Sinovac, AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines

Brazilian health regulator Anvisa on Sunday approved emergency use of COVID-19 vaccines from China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd and Britain’s AstraZeneca, clearing the way for immunizations as the pandemic enters a deadly second wave. Minutes after Anvisa’s board voted unanimously to approve both vaccines, Monica Calazans, a 54-year-old nurse in Sao Paulo, became the first person… Read More Brazil approves emergency use of Sinovac, AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines

Argentina receives second batch of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine

The second batch of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine arrived in Argentina on Saturday, allowing the South American country to apply the second part of the two-dose program aimed at inoculating front-line health workers. Some 300,000 doses of the vaccine arrived from Moscow on a special flight of flag carrier Aerolineas Argentinas. They will be… Read More Argentina receives second batch of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine