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Pfizer-BioNTech to produce COVID-19 jabs with S African company

Pfizer-BioNTech to produce COVID-19 jabs with S African company

Pfizer and BioNTech have said they struck a deal with South Africa-based company Biovac for the production of COVID-19 vaccines for the African Union (AU). In a statement published on Wednesday, the two companies said Cape Town-based Biovac will complete [...]

July 22, 2021 Health issues
Sorting Samples in the COVID-19 Laboratory in Namibia

Sorting Samples in the COVID-19 Laboratory in Namibia

While many people know what it is like to be tested for COVID-19, only a few people know what happens to the samples once the swab has been taken. Due to the recent surge in cases in Namibia, staff from [...]

July 22, 2021 Health issues
As COVID-19 spreads, Zimbabweans rush to get a jab

As COVID-19 spreads, Zimbabweans rush to get a jab

Simanga Musarurwa, a 57-year old mother of six, was reluctant about getting a COVID-19 vaccine. But then, tragedy struck nearby. “My neighbour and some people I know from my neighbourhood got infected and died of COVID-19,” said Musarurwa, sitting on [...]

July 21, 2021 Health issues
Africa COVID deaths surge 43 percent in a week

Africa COVID deaths surge 43 percent in a week

Coronavirus-linked deaths in Africa surged by 43 percent in the space of a week, driven by a lack of intensive-care beds and oxygen, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday, as the new Delta variant surged on the continent. Fatalities associated [...]

July 16, 2021 Health issues
Argentina surpasses 100,000 Covid-19 deaths

Argentina surpasses 100,000 Covid-19 deaths

Argentina on Wednesday became the fifth Latin American country to record more than 100,000 deaths from Covid-19, according to data from the health ministry. The South American country registered 614 new deaths over the last 24 hours taking its total [...]

July 15, 2021 Health issues
Bangladesh to lift COVID curbs for Eid

Bangladesh to lift COVID curbs for Eid

Bangladesh will lift its nationwide coronavirus lockdown for the country’s second-biggest religious festival, the government said on Tuesday, even as new infections soared to record levels. The cabinet said all restrictions would be eased in the country of 169 million [...]

July 14, 2021 Health issues, International
Panic in UNILAG as students contract COVID-19

Panic in UNILAG as students contract COVID-19

The main campus of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, has been thrown into panic as some unidentified students have reportedly contracted the coronavirus disease. The university’s vice-chancellor, Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, who neither confirmed nor denied the report, told Hope For Nigeria [...]

July 14, 2021 Health issues
COVID-19 Third Wave: Run Out Of Vaccine

COVID-19 Third Wave: Run Out Of Vaccine

There are strong indications that Nigeria is gradually approaching the third wave of COVID-19 with the steady rise in positive cases in the last one week. The PUNCH on Sunday gathered that the fear that the third wave might be deadlier [...]

July 13, 2021 Health issues
First case of ‘most transmissible’ delta variant

First case of ‘most transmissible’ delta variant

The Nigerian government has said a case of the dangerous delta variant has been recorded in a traveller in the country. A statement issued by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday night, noted that the development raises a grave concern. About [...]

July 9, 2021 Health issues
Surgeons seek better funding for health sector

Surgeons seek better funding for health sector

The International College of Surgeons (Nigerian Section) has urged the Federal Government to increase funding for health to ensure the fixing of dilapidated infrastructure in health institutions in the country. Noting the endeavours of current and past governments towards providing [...]

July 5, 2021 Health issues
South Africa toughens restrictions to combat Delta variant

South Africa toughens restrictions to combat Delta variant

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has reimposed restrictions for two weeks to combat a surge in the highly contagious Delta coronavirus variant. The worst-hit country on the African continent “is facing a massive resurgence of infection”, the president said in [...]

June 28, 2021 Africa, Health issues
Buhari To Visit UK For Medical Check-up Friday

Buhari To Visit UK For Medical Check-up Friday

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Friday travel to London, UK, for a medical check-up. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, disclosed this in a statement obtained by Hopefornigeriaonline. Buhari is expected back in the country [...]

June 25, 2021 Health issues
COVID-19: FG to set up 38 oxygen plants across Nigeria

COVID-19: FG to set up 38 oxygen plants across Nigeria

As part of efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the set up of 38 oxygen plants across the country. One of each plant will be set up in all the states while Abuja and Lagos will have [...]

June 18, 2021 Health issues
How COVID vaccines work against the Delta variant

How COVID vaccines work against the Delta variant

The Delta variant of coronavirus is a source of serious concern as lab tests have shown it is more contagious and resistant to vaccines compared with other forms of COVID-19. However, there is evidence that the available jabs retain important [...]

June 17, 2021 Health issues
Nigeria, others for clinical trials on novel Lassa fever vaccine

Nigeria for clinical trials on novel Lassa fever vaccine

A novel vaccine candidate to prevent Lassa fever is set for second round of clinical trials on adults and children in Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. This is with the support of Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the [...]

June 16, 2021 Health issues
Buhari: Africa must collaborate to eliminate HIV/AIDS

Buhari: Africa must collaborate to eliminate HIV/AIDS

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged African leaders to work together towards eliminating the scourge of HIV/AIDS on the continent by the year 2030. Mr Buhari spoke on Tuesday at a United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) High-Level Meeting on HIV\AIDS, to [...]

June 10, 2021 Health issues
WHO chief backs ‘pandemic treaty’

WHO chief backs ‘pandemic treaty’

The head of the World Health Organization has called for speedily launching global negotiations to agree on an international treaty on pandemic preparedness, as part of sweeping reforms envisioned by member states. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, told its annual [...]

June 2, 2021 Health issues
High death rates in March associated with hot weather

High death rates in March associated with hot weather

Unconfirmed reports suggest that more people, especially the elderly, die in March, from complications of non-communicable diseases such as heart attack and stroke, than any other month of the year. Previous studies had shown that extreme heat and poor air [...]

May 28, 2021 Health issues
Invest in nurses to fight the pandemic

Invest in nurses to fight the pandemic

Nurses around the world are in crisis, whether they are in the eye of the COVID-19 storm in India, the exhausted ranks of Britain’s workforce, organising against a 1 percent pay rise offer, or in Kenya where, in some areas, [...]

May 24, 2021 Health issues
Africa’s COVID vaccine campaigns hurt by India’s export ban

Africa’s COVID vaccine campaigns hurt by India’s export ban

Africa’s vaccination campaigns to battle COVID-19 are facing significant delays because of the export ban imposed by India as it grapples with a devastating resurgence of the disease, Africa’s top health official has said. The AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured by the [...]

May 21, 2021 Africa, Health issues
Japan approves Moderna, AstraZeneca vaccines

Japan approves Moderna, AstraZeneca vaccines

Japan formally approved Moderna and AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccines on Friday, but the latter will not be used immediately because of lingering concern over very rare blood clots. The decision comes just over two months before the pandemic-postponed Olympics, with growing [...]

May 21, 2021 Health issues
Malawi destroys nearly 20,000 expired COVID-19 shots

Malawi destroys nearly 20,000 expired COVID-19 shots

Malawi health authorities have destroyed 19,610 doses of expired AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines, stating that the move would boost public confidence in the country’s vaccine programme. Health Minister Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda put some of the vials of the expired doses into [...]

May 20, 2021 Health issues
Africa’s COVID-19 testing declines as deadly variants

Africa’s COVID-19 testing declines as deadly variants

About 38 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been acquired by the continent out of which 22.4 million doses have so far been administered, representing 1.8 per cent of the African population. Meanwhile, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in [...]

May 14, 2021 Health issues
Ivorian Prime Minister in France for medical checkup

Ivorian Prime Minister in France for medical checkup

Ivory Coast Prime Minister Patrick Achi has been admitted in a hospital in Paris for medical tests, Reuters has reported. Mr Achi, a close confidant and former chief of staff of President Alassane Ouattara became interim prime minister following the death of [...]

May 14, 2021 Health issues
Buhari Meet His Doctor During Official Trip To Paris

Buhari Meet His Doctor During Official Trip To Paris

President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Nigeria on Saturday for an official trip to Paris, the France capital. Hopefornigeriaonline learnt from top sources that the President would be in Paris for at least four days, where he has also been scheduled [...]

May 13, 2021 Health issues
Tunisia begins week of strict COVID lockdown

Tunisia begins week of strict COVID lockdown

Tunisia on Sunday started a week of coronavirus restrictions covering the Eid holiday, as hospitals battle to stay afloat amid soaring COVID-19 cases. Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi said on Friday that Tunisia was going through “the worst health crisis in [...]

May 11, 2021 Africa, Health issues
COVID-19: Nigeria continues to record low infection

COVID-19: Nigeria continues to record low infection

On the day Nigeria announced a travel ban on three countries experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases, the country continued its trend of recording low infection and casualty figure from the virus. There were no fatalities recorded from COVID-19 in [...]

May 3, 2021 Health issues
MSF urges rich countries to back COVID vaccine patent waiver

MSF urges rich countries to back COVID vaccine patent waiver

International medical charity Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, or MSF) has urged rich countries to stop blocking a patent waiver plan that could boost the global production of coronavirus vaccines. Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) will meet [...]

April 23, 2021 Health issues
Lagos govt opens up on COVID-19 vaccines side effect

Lagos govt opens up on COVID-19 vaccines side effect

The Lagos State Government has admitted that following the administration of the first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, few persons vaccinated experienced what is termed Adverse Events Following Immunisation (AEFI) or Adverse Event of Special Interest (AESI). The state’s [...]

April 23, 2021 Health issues
We Have Lost Our Innocent

We Have Lost Our Innocent

Two weeks ago, I lost a comrade, brother, and friend, Innocent Chukwuma. Innoma, as I called him, was 55, and until a few months ago when he retired, the regional director (West Africa) of Ford Foundation. Every waking moment in [...]

April 19, 2021 Health issues