China pledges to provide Afghanistan with 400,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine

China has pledged to deliver 400,000 doses of Sinopharm’s COVID-19 vaccine to Afghanistan, Afghan officials said on Monday, in a boost for an immunisation campaign begun last week. “China’s ambassador to Kabul said in a meeting with health officials that his country would provide Afghanistan with 400,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine,” Ghulam Dastagir Nazari, the… Read More China pledges to provide Afghanistan with 400,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo urges citizens to ignore coronavirus conspiracy theories

Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo urged citizens of the West African state on Sunday to ignore conspiracy theories surrounding coronavirus vaccines ahead of the launch of its nationwide inoculation campaign against the virus on Tuesday. “Fellow Ghanaians, I know there are still some who continue to express doubts about the vaccine, others have expressed reservations about… Read More Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo urges citizens to ignore coronavirus conspiracy theories

South Africa signs deal to secure Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine

South Africa has signed an agreement with Johnson & Johnson to secure 11 million COVID-19 vaccine doses and will ease restrictions due to a decline in new cases, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday. South Africa has been the hardest-hit on the continent by the pandemic, recording almost half of the COVID-19 deaths and more… Read More South Africa signs deal to secure Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine

U.S. CDC panel approves Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine

A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory panel voted unanimously on Sunday to recommend Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 shot for widespread use, and U.S. officials said initial shipments would start on Sunday. Providing a final clearance for the vaccine a day after it was authorized by U.S. regulators, the Advisory Committee on Immunization… Read More U.S. CDC panel approves Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine

Australia receives 300,000 doses of AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine

Australia received 300,000 doses of the AstraZeneca PLC vaccine on Sunday, more than doubling the amount of all vaccines shipped to the country so far and allowing the government to ramp up its COVID-19 immunisation drive. Mass vaccinations for Australia’s 25 million people began on Monday after the arrival of a first batch of more… Read More Australia receives 300,000 doses of AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine

Thailand kicks off coronavirus vaccination programme

Thailand kicked off its COVID-19 inoculation campaign on Sunday, with cabinet ministers, health officials and medical professionals among the first in the queue to receive vaccinations. The first doses of vaccine, developed by China’s Sinovac Biotech, were given to Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, who is also the health minister, among others at an infectious… Read More Thailand kicks off coronavirus vaccination programme

Moldova approves use of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine

Moldova’s medicines agency on Friday approved Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine while President Maia Sandu was accused by her Moscow-friendly predecessor Igor Dodon of blocking Sputnik’s use in the country, which Sandu’s office denied. Moldova’s Medicines and Medical Devices Agency authorised two vaccines registered for emergency use by the World Health Organization – Pfizer/BioNTech, and a… Read More Moldova approves use of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine

Britain’s Captain Sir Tom Moore buried with military honours

A military guard of honour and Royal Air Force fly-past marked the funeral on Saturday of Captain Sir Tom Moore, the World War Two veteran who raised millions of pounds for Britain’s health service during the coronavirus pandemic. Moore died on February 2 after contracting COVID-19. In the run up to his 100th birthday last… Read More Britain’s Captain Sir Tom Moore buried with military honours