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Tanzania’s new president to review COVID-19 stance, lifts media ban

Tanzania’s new president Samia Suluhu Hassan on Tuesday drew a line under her predecessor’s controversial stances on COVID-19 and the media, indicating an apparent change in course for the nation after the death of John Magufuli last month. Hassan announced she was forming a committee to research whether Tanzania should follow the course taken by the rest of the world ...

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World leaders call for new international treaty to improve pandemic response

A group of world leaders have joined the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) in calling for an international treaty to improve pandemic preparedness and response in the wake of COVID-19, for the sake of future generations.  In a joint article published on Tuesday across leading news platforms, the signatories said that the coronavirus pandemic had been a “stark and painful reminder that ...

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Debilitating ‘long-COVID’ may have severe health, social impacts: WHO

Thousands of COVID-19 patients continue to suffer serious, debilitating and lingering symptoms many months after their initial bout of infection, with major social, health and economic consequences, European health experts said on Thursday. Publishing a World Health Organization-led guidance report on the condition, often referred to as “long COVID” or “post-COVID syndrome”, experts said around one in 10 COVID-19 patients ...

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Senegal receives initial 200,000 Chinese vaccines costing $3.8 million

Senegal received 200,000 doses of China’s COVID-19 vaccine Sinopharm on Wednesday — purchased at around 3.8 million (US) dollars, according to the country’s Finance Ministry. Nearly 1.3 million more vaccine doses are also expected to arrive via the World Health Organization’s (WHO) COVAX initiative. In a televised ceremony to mark the occasion, President Macky Sall addressed the nation. “The urgency today is ...

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Africa coronavirus stats as deaths near 100,000 threshold

As of today, February 18, 2021; Africa has recorded over 3.8 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. A number of countries are gradually lifting restrictions imposed to curtail spread of the virus. According to the latest data by the John Hopkins University and Africa Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, the virus statistics remain fluid as countries work to stem spike ...

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Covid-19: World’s first human trials given green light in UK

Healthy, young volunteers will be infected with coronavirus to test vaccines and treatments in the world’s first Covid-19 “human challenge” study, which will take place in the UK. The study, which has received ethics approval, will start in the next few weeks and recruit 90 people aged 18-30. They will be exposed to the virus in a safe and controlled ...

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In the COVID-19 vaccine race, we either win together or lose together

Of the 128 million vaccine doses administered so far, more than three quarters of those vaccinations are in just 10 countries that account for 60% of global GDP. As of today, almost 130 countries, with 2.5 billion people, are yet to administer a single dose. This self-defeating strategy will cost lives and livelihoods, give the virus further opportunity to mutate ...

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China to donate coronavirus vaccines to three African countries

China will donate coronavirus vaccines to three African countries and plans to “assist” another 38 developing countries with shots in the future, according to its embassy in Kenya.Zimbabwe, Equatorial Guinea and Sierra Leone are among 13 nations worldwide that will receive the donations, an embassy spokesman said by email late Wednesday, without providing details.China is also part of Covax, a ...

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Cervical cancer kills over 2000 people annually in Ghana – Research

As Ghana joins the rest of the world to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Hope for Future Generations (HFFG), a national women-focused, community-based non-governmental organization, is calling on the Government of Ghana and key stakeholders not to overlook the impact of cervical cancer on many women in Ghana.In a statement to commemorate World Cancer Day on February 4, 2021, the NGO ...

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Alcohol facilitates suicide – Ex-Chief Psychiatrist

Alcohol is a catalyst in a suicide operation, former Chief Psychiatrist Prof. Joseph Bediako Asare has said. The Director of ‘Peace Be Clinic’ stated in an interview with ClassFM on 4 February 2021 that alcohol is one of the agents that can easily facilitate suicide. “A lot of people who attempted suicide and didn’t succeed will tell you that they ...

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