Nigeria destroys over one million doses of donated AstraZeneca corona vaccine with short shelf life

Nigeria on Wednesday destroyed more than a million doses of expired AstraZeneca vaccines in a bid to assure a wary public that they have been taken out of circulation. The destruction came more than a week after health authorities said some COVID-19 doses donated by rich Western nations had a shelf life that left only… Read More Nigeria destroys over one million doses of donated AstraZeneca corona vaccine with short shelf life

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa tests positive for coronavirus

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, is still showing mild symptoms and has had to delay a booster vaccine he was due to receive this week, his office said on Monday. A statement from the presidency added that he reiterated a call for everyone to be vaccinated so as… Read More South African President Cyril Ramaphosa tests positive for coronavirus

South Africa’s Biovac to begin production of Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine in early 2022

South Africa’s Biovac Institute will start making Pfizer-BioNTech’s, COVID-19 vaccine early next year after receiving the drug substance from Europe, a Pfizer executive said on Monday. Biovac’s “fill and finish” deal with Pfizer, announced in July, will make it one of the few companies processing COVID-19 shots in Africa, where many countries have struggled to… Read More South Africa’s Biovac to begin production of Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine in early 2022

China’s President Xi Jinping pledges a billion doses of coronavirus vaccines to Africa

China will deliver another 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Africa and encourage Chinese companies to invest no less than $10 billion in the continent over the next three years, President Xi Jinping said on Monday. The country has already supplied nearly 200 million doses to Africa, where vaccination rates have fallen behind amid… Read More China’s President Xi Jinping pledges a billion doses of coronavirus vaccines to Africa

Nigeria set to kick off mass coronavirus vaccination campaign

Nigeria will start a mass COVID-19 vaccination campaign later this week, aiming to inoculate half of its targeted population by the end of January, government officials said. Africa’s most-populous country has a goal to vaccinate 111 million people to reach herd immunity. Under the initiative to start on Friday, 55 million doses or more than… Read More Nigeria set to kick off mass coronavirus vaccination campaign

Israel says children aged five to eleven eligible for coronavirus vaccination

Israel said on Sunday that children aged five to 11 would be eligible for vaccination against COVID-19, and that a starting date for the campaign would be made public within days. The decision, announced by the Health Ministry, followed approval by its expert panel on vaccinations last week, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration… Read More Israel says children aged five to eleven eligible for coronavirus vaccination