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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.

Chidi Afulezi
Chidi Afulezi

Weekly snapshots of the latest in vaccine news.

Zimbabwe has announced that it will begin vaccinating teenagers over the age of 16.

Zimbabwe Starts Vaccinating Teens Against COVID-19
President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government aiming to achieve herd immunity by year’s end

The Ugandan government has called on international developers to waive vaccine patent rights so that the country can manufacture its own.

Govt seeks to produce Covid vaccines locally
Government wants foreign developers to waive patent rights on the production of Covid vaccines

Only three countries on the continent, Seychelles, Mauritius, and Morocco, have met the WHO's Covid-19 vaccination goal.

Coronavirus: Less than 10% of African countries to hit key COVID-19 vaccination goal | Africanews
Just five African countries, less than 10% of Africa’s 54 nations, are projected to hit the year-end target of fully vaccinating 40% of their people,

Moderna has committed to making up to 110 million vaccine doses available to African countries.

Moderna to supply Africa with up to 110 million COVID doses
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Moderna on Tuesday said it will make up to 110 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine available to African countries, which local officials called a breakthrough on the world’s least vaccinated continent.

A look into Uganda's vaccination rollout for hard-to-reach communities.

Driving vaccine demand in Uganda’s hard-to-reach communities - Uganda
English News and Press Release on Uganda about Health and Epidemic; published on 29 Oct 2021 by WHO

Rwanda and Senegal have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to set up a vaccine manufacturing facility in Kigali.

Rwanda, Senegal, BioNTech sign MoU on citing mRNA vaccine manufacturing facility in Kigali | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News
On Tuesday 26th of October 2021, and on the margins of the second African Union European Union Ministerial Meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, which had in attendance about five hundred delegates including at least sixty-eight foreign affairs ministers of African and European nations, a side event took place…