The interplay between climate change and the spread of pathogens means health systems must be ready for future crises and ensure equitable access to treatment
Low vaccination levels and high number of health-compromised populations make the continent a ‘breeding ground for variants’ that pose a global risk
The Hope Consortium and Unicef partnership will boost countries’ vaccine rollout efforts
Six months into Botswana’s vaccine roll-out, only 5% of the population has been vaccinated
The continent’s public health agency said the latest figures showed that 6.5-million cases of Covid-19 had been reported in Africa, out of which some 867 000 people had died
Inequity in Covid vaccine access echoes mistakes from the HIV response. In the forty years since Aids was first identified, there have also been several lessons on how to contain a pandemic. Starting with equity and supporting health systems
The Covid-19 J&J and Pfizer vaccines remain effective in protecting against severe sickness and hospitalisation
Is Gates a superhero or a supervillain? That’s the wrong question. The right question is: How it is that one person can have so much influence over world health?
But Big Pharma and the world trade body haven’t shifted on sharing vaccine intellectual property
The opioid crisis in the US saw its beginnings in Big Pharma, one of which makes a Covid vaccine
In the rare event that you experience a severe side-effect as a result of Covid-19 vaccines, this fund will pay you out
COMMENT: The AU has laid out a clear path for the continent to produce its own vaccines
The government’s vaccine of choice will be Johnson & Johnson for the moment, the minister tells MPs
Of course Western countries should share the vaccine. But why do we still have to rely on their largesse?
The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention only launched in 2017, but between Ebola, measles and the Covid-19 pandemic, it has had its work cut out for it. The agency’s director Dr John Nkengasong speaks to The Continent about the vaccine rollout and the turn of the tide in Tanzania
Pfizer is accused of bullying Latin American governments by demanding they grant indemnity against potential civil claims relating to the vaccine
The continental body has thrown its weight behind calls to improve access to Covid-19 vaccines
The West bought billions of vaccines fast and cheap, leaving poorer nations paying through the nose for years to come
Easing lockdown regulations and allowing alcohol, the president said the majority of vaccines will arrive between April and June
Full track and traceability of Covid-19 jabs won’t happen during South Africa’s vaccine roll-out, as the health department has not yet adopted the “overarching” system that would make this possible.
The global initiative plans to deliver two billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines to developing nations
The two countries have rolled out China’s Sinopharm vaccine, but data issues are likely to keep some countries from doing the same
South Africans have been waiting too long and it is time for the government to deliver on its vaccine plan
Hedging and hoarding behaviour around vaccine access was inevitable, but it will be impossible for the global economy to recover until the majority of the world’s citizens have been inoculated
Israel is refusing to provide the vaccine to the millions of Palestinians it is forcefully ruling over.
The pandemic has helped to expose the dire state of Sudan’s healthcare system, which lacks both equipment and medical personnel
Medical aid schemes and businesses will help the government with the cost of acquiring enough vaccines for the South African population to achieve herd immunity
The government plans to vaccinate a minimum of 67% of the population (about 40-million people) to achieve herd immunity — when most of the population is resistant to an infectious disease — by the end of 2021.
It is important that Africa, along with other regions of the Global South, builds its own vaccine-manufacturing capacity
The Covax platform ensures that the benefits and risks of vaccine development are broadly shared