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HQ Africa: Vaccine Watch Desk

HQ Africa: Vaccine Watch Desk

We tap into HQ sources and partners that give us insight into what's happening on the continent's vaccine front. Here are this week’s highlights.

COVIDHQ Editorial Squad

Weekly snapshots of the latest in vaccine news.

WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom has made an urgent call for vaccine equity on the continent.

Leaders Make Urgent Call To Accelerate Vaccination Globally And In Africa
WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and a group of global health leaders today issued an urgent call for vaccine equity globally and in Africa in particular. The leaders stressed that the worst pandemic in the last hundred years will not end unless and until, there is genuine glob…

The Kenyan government has announced that the country will begin locally producing Covid-19 vaccines next year.

Kenya to manufacture Covid vaccines starting next year
Kenya will next year start manufacturing Covid-19 vaccines locally in collaboration with unnamed pharmaceutical firms.

Africa is facing a vaccine shortfall of almost 470 million doses in 2021, which has put the continent's year-end target of fully vaccinating 40% of the population in jeopardy.

Africa faces 470 million COVID-19 vaccine shortfall in 2021
As the COVAX Facility is forced to slash planned COVID-19 vaccine deliveries to Africa by around 150 million this year, the continent faces almost 500 million doses short of the global year-end target of fully vaccinating 40% of its population. This shortfall comes as Africa tops 8 million COVID-19 …

Tanzania has ramped up its vaccination rollout by adding almost 1000 centers for Covid-19 vaccinations.

Tanzania sets up more centers for COVID-19 vaccination

Nigeria has announced that over 1.6 million Nigerians have been fully vaccinated, while a further 4,052,756 have received at least one dose.

Nigeria: Covid-19 - Over 1.6 Million Nigerians Fully Vaccinated - Official
Before the commencement of COVID-19 vaccination, the government had set an ambitious goal of vaccinating 40 per cent of its over 200 million population.

A look into Malawi's strategy to protect its frontline health workers from Covid-19.

UNICEF USA BrandVoice: In Malawi, COVID-19 Vaccines Delivered By COVAX Protect Frontline Workers
Keeping essential workers safe from COVID-19 is a priority in Malawi, where less than 3% of the population is fully vaccinated.

A comparison between vaccine rollouts in Atlanta and Nairobi, and a look into vaccine inequalities faced by countries in the global south.

A tale of two clinics: lines in Kenya, few takers in Atlanta
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Several hundred people line up every morning, starting before dawn, on a grassy area outside Nairobi’s largest hospital hoping to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Sometimes the line moves smoothly, while on other days, the staff tells them there’s nothing available, and they should co…

Rwanda has promised to share locally manufactured Covid-19 vaccines with the East African Community.

Our Vaccine Hub Will Serve the Region - Rwanda’s Health Minister
Rwanda has promised to share vaccines with the rest of the East African Community as a way of strengthening regional integration and building regional health care capacities in the region who healthcare system was caught off-guard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Rwanda’s Minister of Health Dr. Daniel N

South Africa is vaccinating children as part of global clinical trials of China's Sinovac vaccine.

South Africa vaccinates children in test of China’s Sinovac jab
Global study to enroll 2,000 participants in South Africa and 12,000 others in Kenya, Philippines, Chile and Malaysia.