Congo’s President Felix Tshisekedi receives first dose of Moderna coronavirus vaccine

Congo’s President Felix Tshisekedi has received his first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the government said on Monday, after a six-month wait caused by his unwillingness to take the AstraZeneca shot. Democratic Republic of Congo has officially reported 56,000 cases and 1,066 deaths from the coronavirus, though test rates are low in the country… Read More Congo’s President Felix Tshisekedi receives first dose of Moderna coronavirus vaccine

Venezuela receives first batch of coronavirus vaccines through COVAX scheme

Venezuela has received its first batch of coronavirus vaccines through the COVAX mechanism intended for poor countries, the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) said on Tuesday, after months of delays the government attributed to U.S. sanctions. The South American country has received 693,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by China’s Sinovac Biotech, the first of… Read More Venezuela receives first batch of coronavirus vaccines through COVAX scheme

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen receives first dose of domestic Medigen coronavirus vaccine

President Tsai Ing-wen got vaccinated with Taiwan’s first domestically developed COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, giving her personal stamp of approval as the island begins rolling out the shot whose approval critics say has been rushed. The health ministry last month approved the emergency use of Medigen Vaccine Biologics Corp’s COVID-19 vaccine, part of a broader… Read More Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen receives first dose of domestic Medigen coronavirus vaccine

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to visit India on July 26

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel next week to India, a key partner in U.S. efforts to counter China and in vaccine diplomacy that is currently hobbled by its own COVID-19 crisis. It will be Blinken’s first visit to the world’s largest democracy as President Joe Biden’s secretary of state and he will… Read More U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to visit India on July 26

African bloc calls for local production of coronavirus vaccines

Global pharmaceutical firms should license production of COVID-19 vaccines in Africa rather than just do piecemeal contract deals, an African Union special envoy said on Thursday. AU coronavirus envoy Strive Masiyiwa was speaking a day after Pfizer and BioNTech announced a “fill and finish” deal with South Africa’s Biovac Institute under which it will carry… Read More African bloc calls for local production of coronavirus vaccines

Brazil’s federal police launches investigation into President Jair Bolsonaro over coronavirus vaccine deal

At the request of the Supreme Court, Brazil’s federal police has formally opened a probe into President Jair Bolsonaro related to alleged irregularities in the purchase of an Indian vaccine and could now question him, a source with knowledge of the matter said on Monday. The president has been caught up in allegations of irregularities… Read More Brazil’s federal police launches investigation into President Jair Bolsonaro over coronavirus vaccine deal

Israel, South Korea agree to coronavirus vaccine exchange deal

Israel agreed on Monday to provide about 700,000 expiring doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine to South Korea, the Haaretz newspaper reported, citing Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. Delivery of the doses is to begin later in July, and as part of the deal Israel will receive in September and October an identical number of Pfizer… Read More Israel, South Korea agree to coronavirus vaccine exchange deal

U.S. donates three million doses of Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine to Brazil

The United States on Thursday will ship 3 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson one-shot COVID-19 vaccine to Brazil, the country with the second-highest coronavirus death toll in the world, a White House official said on Wednesday. The shipment – part of Washington’s pledge to donate 80 million vaccines – will depart Fort Lauderdale,… Read More U.S. donates three million doses of Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine to Brazil