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African Union

African Union says use of AstraZeneca COVID shot should continue
World

African Union says use of AstraZeneca COVID shot should continue

  • The recommendation comes after more than a dozen European countries suspended use of the AstraZeneca vaccine amid concerns over the risk of blood clots.
  • John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told a news conference the "benefits still outweigh the risks" and countries should "move forward".
Published 18 Mar, 2021 05:32pm
Sixteen African nations show interest in AU vaccine plan
World

Sixteen African nations show interest in AU vaccine plan

  • Africa CDC Director John Nkengasong said the 16 countries had asked for a total of a total 114 million doses under the AU's Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT).
  • "Our hope is that in the next two to three weeks, they should be having their vaccines," he told a virtual news conference.
Published 04 Feb, 2021 09:25pm
Africa cannot relax now COVID-19 vaccines are coming, health boss says
World

Africa cannot relax now COVID-19 vaccines are coming, health boss says

  • Africa has not started vaccinations and there is concern that more prosperous regions will get an unfair head start in the global fight against COVID-19.
  • We should not see vaccines as a magic bullet for now, it will take time for vaccines to be rolled out in a way that we have herd immunity.
Published 14 Jan, 2021 05:43pm