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With vaccine deliveries to Accra, Abidjan, Abuja & Dakar, the race for equity begins

By Dr. Solomon Zewdu On February 24, 600,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Accra, Ghana. Two days later, another 504,000 doses arrived in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. On Tuesday, 3.92 million vaccine doses arrived in Abuja, Nigeria and a further 324,000 arrived in Dakar, Senegal the following day. These were the first international deliveries of
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Ghana’s Supreme Court upholds Akufo-Addo’s election victory

Ghana’s Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the victory of President Nana Addo Dankwa AKufo-Addo in the 7 December, 2020, general election. The seven-member panel dismissed the petition filed by the presidential candidate of the main opposition candidate, former president John Dramani Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC). The court, presided over by Chief Justice
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Facebook launches ‘LeadHERs: Life Lessons From African Women’ – a book highlighting women leaders from across Africa

Facebook launches ‘LeadHERs: Life Lessons From African Women’ – a book highlighting women leaders from across AfricaAs part of its celebration around International Women’s Month, Facebook (www.Facebook.com) today announced the launch of ‘LeadHERs: Life lessons from African women ‘, a collection of beautifully inspired stories and life tips from 19 women who break boundaries in fields such as media, entertainment, politics, education and business. Available for free in digital and physical formats, the book offers inspiring real-life stories for future generations and young leaders. Each chapter focuses on a personal experience and a life lesson on how these women navigated their path to success, as well as the challenges they had to overcome along the way. ‘LeadHERs: Life Lessons from African Women aims to encourage, inspire and guide the reader – whatever their background, age or ambitions. ‘LeadHERs: Life Lessons from African Women’ follows the successful launch in 2020 of ‘Inspiring #Changemakers: lessons from life and business’ in South Africa. This 2021 book comes to life […]

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Ghana, Ivory Coast Administer World’s First Free Covax Jabs

  Ghana and its West African neighbour Ivory Coast on Monday became the world’s first states to administer vaccines from Covax, a global scheme to procure free Covid jabs for poorer countries. Richer nations have surged ahead with inoculating their population, but many poorer countries are still awaiting their first vaccine doses. “It is important that … Continue reading Ghana, Ivory Coast Administer World’s First Free Covax Jabs Read Full Story

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Coronavirus – Africa: First doses of COVID-19 COVAX vaccine administered in Africa

Coronavirus – Africa: First doses of COVID-19 COVAX vaccine administered in AfricaToday, the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana launched COVID-19 vaccination campaigns aimed at protecting healthcare workers; This week’s first vaccinations come with an additional 11 million doses of COVAX expected to be given over the next seven days; The release of the AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccine allocation to 142 of the participating COVAX economies, due for delivery by the end of May, is expected tomorrow. As the global deployment of COVAX vaccines accelerates, the first COVID-19 vaccination campaigns in Africa using doses of COVAX began today in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. These campaigns are among the first to use the doses provided by Gavi COVAX Advanced Market Commitment (AMC) of the COVAX facility. AMC is the COVAX Facility’s mechanism for providing donor-funded vaccines to low-income countries. Campaigns in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire follow deliveries to both countries last week, with Ghana receiving 600,000 doses on February 24 and Cote […]

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Coronavirus – Africa: First doses of COVID-19 COVAX vaccine administered in AfricaToday, the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana launched COVID-19 vaccination campaigns aimed at protecting healthcare workers; This week’s first vaccinations come with an additional 11 million doses of COVAX expected to be given over the next seven days; The release of the AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccine allocation to 142 of the participating COVAX economies, due for delivery by the end of May, is expected tomorrow. As the global deployment of COVAX vaccines accelerates, the first COVID-19 vaccination campaigns in Africa using doses of COVAX began today in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. These campaigns are among the first to use the doses provided by Gavi COVAX Advanced Market Commitment (AMC) of the COVAX facility. AMC is the COVAX Facility’s mechanism for providing donor-funded vaccines to low-income countries. Campaigns in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire follow deliveries to both countries last week, with Ghana receiving 600,000 doses on February 24 and Cote […]

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Coronavirus – Africa: First doses of COVID-19 COVAX vaccine administered in Africa

Coronavirus – Africa: First doses of COVID-19 COVAX vaccine administered in AfricaToday, the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana launched COVID-19 vaccination campaigns aimed at protecting healthcare workers; This week’s first vaccinations come with an additional 11 million doses of COVAX expected to be given over the next seven days; The release of the AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccine allocation to 142 of the participating COVAX economies, due for delivery by the end of May, is expected tomorrow. As the global deployment of COVAX vaccines accelerates, the first COVID-19 vaccination campaigns in Africa using doses of COVAX began today in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. These campaigns are among the first to use the doses provided by Gavi COVAX Advanced Market Commitment (AMC) of the COVAX facility. AMC is the COVAX Facility’s mechanism for providing donor-funded vaccines to low-income countries. Campaigns in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire follow deliveries to both countries last week, with Ghana receiving 600,000 doses on February 24 and Cote […]

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Coronavirus – Africa: First doses of COVID-19 COVAX vaccine administered in Africa

Coronavirus – Africa: First doses of COVID-19 COVAX vaccine administered in AfricaToday, the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana launched COVID-19 vaccination campaigns aimed at protecting healthcare workers; This week’s first vaccinations come with an additional 11 million doses of COVAX expected to be given over the next seven days; The release of the AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccine allocation to 142 of the participating COVAX economies, due for delivery by the end of May, is expected tomorrow. As the global deployment of COVAX vaccines accelerates, the first COVID-19 vaccination campaigns in Africa using doses of COVAX began today in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. These campaigns are among the first to use the doses provided by Gavi COVAX Advanced Market Commitment (AMC) of the COVAX facility. AMC is the COVAX Facility’s mechanism for providing donor-funded vaccines to low-income countries. Campaigns in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire follow deliveries to both countries last week, with Ghana receiving 600,000 doses on February 24 and Cote […]

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Ghanaian president becomes world’s first recipient of free Covax jab

Ghana’s president Nana Akufo-Addo on Monday became the world’s first recipient of a coronavirus vaccine from Covax, a global scheme to procure and distribute inoculations for free for poorer countries. “It is important that I set the example that this vaccine is safe by being the first to have it, so that everybody in Ghana
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Hapag-Lloyd opens new office in Kenya

Hapag-Lloyd opens new office in KenyaHapag-Lloyd (www.Hapag-Lloyd.com) continues to grow in Africa. Today the shipping company opened a new office in Kenya. While the main business will be managed from the port city of Mombasa, the company will also have an office in Nairobi, the country’s capital. Hapag-Lloyd mainly transports agricultural products out of Kenya, in particular tea, coffee, fruit and textiles. Imports consist mainly of chemicals, foodstuffs and a wide range of plastic and rubber products. The new office will be headed by Country Manager Prashant Sindhwani. While 19 staff will work in Mombasa, 6 will be based in Nairobi and 1 in Uganda. Via the gateway port of Mombasa, the shipping company offers two different services. While the China Kenya Express Service (CKX) connects Kenya to some of Asia’s most important ports, such as Singapore and Shanghai, the East Africa Service (EAS2) connects the East African country to the west coast of India […]

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Coronavirus – Ghana: COVID-19 patients on admission receive WHO dignity kits

Coronavirus – Ghana: COVID-19 patients on admission receive WHO dignity kitsGhana’s World Health Organization donated 6,000 Dignity Kits worth GHS 447,300.00 to the Ministry of Health for distribution to various COVID-19 treatment centers across the country. Introducing the articles, WHO Representative for Ghana Dr Francis Kasolo said he was confident the supplies would go a long way in helping patients admitted to COVID with basic daily activities. Each Dignity Kit contains personal items such as toothpaste, women’s hygienic bags, soap, toiletries, comb and hairbrush. Dr Kasolo also presented 1,000 printed copies of a national strategic response plan to COVID-19 for the period: July 2020-December 2024, which was developed by the ministry with support from WHO in Ghana. The need for a strategic plan for the response to COVID-19 emerged after a review of the existing national emergency preparedness plan for the country to be able to better respond to the anticipated threats of the pandemic for better quality of life […]

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Coronavirus – Ghana: COVID-19 patients on admission receive WHO dignity kits

Coronavirus – Ghana: COVID-19 patients on admission receive WHO dignity kitsGhana’s World Health Organization donated 6,000 Dignity Kits worth GHS 447,300.00 to the Ministry of Health for distribution to various COVID-19 treatment centers across the country. Introducing the articles, WHO Representative for Ghana Dr Francis Kasolo said he was confident the supplies would go a long way in helping patients admitted to COVID with basic daily activities. Each Dignity Kit contains personal items such as toothpaste, women’s hygienic bags, soap, toiletries, comb and hairbrush. Dr Kasolo also presented 1,000 printed copies of a national strategic response plan to COVID-19 for the period: July 2020-December 2024, which was developed by the ministry with support from WHO in Ghana. The need for a strategic plan for the response to COVID-19 emerged after a review of the existing national emergency preparedness plan for the country to be able to better respond to the anticipated threats of the pandemic for better quality of life […]

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Coronavirus – Ghana: COVID-19 patients on admission receive WHO dignity kits

Coronavirus – Ghana: COVID-19 patients on admission receive WHO dignity kitsGhana’s World Health Organization donated 6,000 Dignity Kits worth GHS 447,300.00 to the Ministry of Health for distribution to various COVID-19 treatment centers across the country. Introducing the articles, WHO Representative for Ghana Dr Francis Kasolo said he was confident the supplies would go a long way in helping patients admitted to COVID with basic daily activities. Each Dignity Kit contains personal items such as toothpaste, women’s hygienic bags, soap, toiletries, comb and hairbrush. Dr Kasolo also presented 1,000 printed copies of a national strategic response plan to COVID-19 for the period: July 2020-December 2024, which was developed by the ministry with support from WHO in Ghana. The need for a strategic plan for the response to COVID-19 emerged after a review of the existing national emergency preparedness plan for the country to be able to better respond to the anticipated threats of the pandemic for better quality of life […]

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Coronavirus: Côte d’Ivoire becomes the second African country and the first French-speaking country to receive doses of vaccine via the COVAX Facility

Coronavirus: Côte d’Ivoire becomes the second African country and the first French-speaking country to receive doses of vaccine via the COVAX FacilityThe COVAX initiative shipped 504,000 doses of the AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccine, authorized by the Serum Institute of India, India, and 505,000 syringes to Abidjan on February 26, 2021. This is the second batch that has been shipped and delivered to Africa by the COVAX Facility in an unprecedented effort to deliver at least 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine by the end of 2021. The doses of vaccine were received at Abidjan international airport by the Ivorian Minister of Health and Public Hygiene, Dr Eugène Aka Aouélé, accompanied by members of the COVAX Facility – the Vaccine Alliance (Gavi), the Coalition for Innovations in Epidemic Preparedness (CEPI), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) – in addition to the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System for development (UNDS) in Côte d’Ivoire and the ambassadors of European Union countries, whose funding has made it […]

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Coronavirus: Côte d’Ivoire becomes the second African country and the first French-speaking country to receive doses of vaccine via the COVAX Facility

Coronavirus: Côte d’Ivoire becomes the second African country and the first French-speaking country to receive doses of vaccine via the COVAX FacilityThe COVAX initiative shipped 504,000 doses of the AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccine, authorized by the Serum Institute of India, India, and 505,000 syringes to Abidjan on February 26, 2021. This is the second batch that has been shipped and delivered to Africa by the COVAX Facility in an unprecedented effort to deliver at least 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine by the end of 2021. The doses of vaccine were received at Abidjan international airport by the Ivorian Minister of Health and Public Hygiene, Dr Eugène Aka Aouélé, accompanied by members of the COVAX Facility – the Vaccine Alliance (Gavi), the Coalition for Innovations in Epidemic Preparedness (CEPI), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) – in addition to the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System for development (UNDS) in Côte d’Ivoire and the ambassadors of European Union countries, whose funding has made it […]

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Coronavirus: Côte d’Ivoire becomes the second African country and the first French-speaking country to receive doses of vaccine via the COVAX FacilityThe COVAX initiative shipped 504,000 doses of the AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccine, authorized by the Serum Institute of India, India, and 505,000 syringes to Abidjan on February 26, 2021. This is the second batch that has been shipped and delivered to Africa by the COVAX Facility in an unprecedented effort to deliver at least 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine by the end of 2021. The doses of vaccine were received at Abidjan international airport by the Ivorian Minister of Health and Public Hygiene, Dr Eugène Aka Aouélé, accompanied by members of the COVAX Facility – the Vaccine Alliance (Gavi), the Coalition for Innovations in Epidemic Preparedness (CEPI), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) – in addition to the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System for development (UNDS) in Côte d’Ivoire and the ambassadors of European Union countries, whose funding has made it […]

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Building greater sustainability, climate resilience in West Africa

Building greater sustainability, climate resilience in West AfricaBy Titilayo Adewumi, Regional Sales Director: West Africa at SAP LAGOS, Nigeria, Feb 25, 2021 – / African Media Agency (AMA) / – Across Africa, urban centers are expanding rapidly as the continent’s large and growing young population seeks better fortunes in the city. In 2020, Kinshasha was the seventeenth largest city in the world by population size, and Lagos the eighteenth largest. However, the staggering rate of urbanization will soon make Africa’s major metropolises the largest in the world. By 2100, Lagos is expected to be home to 88.3 million people, making it the largest city in the world, closely followed by Kinshasha, with 83.5 million people. The relatively small Niamey, the capital of Niger, will grow at a dizzying rate from 2.1 million people in 2010 to more than 56 million people in 2100. This population growth will challenge governments and policy makers to radically rethink their sustainability […]

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West African countries step up Ebola preparedness

West African countries step up Ebola preparednessAs Ebola vaccination intensifies in Guinea, the country’s neighboring countries are on high alert, urgently preparing to detect, isolate and manage all cases and rapidly eradicate potential cross-border epidemics. Nine cases, including five deaths, have been reported in Guinea. Although no confirmed cases of Ebola have been recorded outside the country, the latest outbreak in N’Zérékore prefecture is close to porous borders with Liberia, Sierra Leone and Côte d’Ivoire. The six countries bordering Guinea are in the process of finalizing their national operational preparedness and preparedness plans in accordance with a WHO preparedness assessment tool. The general state of readiness in the six countries is almost 66%, which is still below the benchmark of 80%. Surveillance and screening are intensified at border crossings and in high-risk communities. Rapid response teams are deployed in border areas to support health district preparedness plans. Testing and treatment facilities are being expanded and efforts […]

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West African countries step up Ebola preparedness

West African countries step up Ebola preparednessAs Ebola vaccination intensifies in Guinea, the country’s neighboring countries are on high alert, urgently preparing to detect, isolate and manage all cases and rapidly eradicate potential cross-border epidemics. Nine cases, including five deaths, have been reported in Guinea. Although no confirmed cases of Ebola have been recorded outside the country, the latest outbreak in N’Zérékore prefecture is close to porous borders with Liberia, Sierra Leone and Côte d’Ivoire. The six countries bordering Guinea are in the process of finalizing their national operational preparedness and preparedness plans in accordance with a WHO preparedness assessment tool. The general state of readiness in the six countries is almost 66%, which is still below the benchmark of 80%. Surveillance and screening are intensified at border crossings and in high-risk communities. Rapid response teams are deployed in border areas to support health district preparedness plans. Testing and treatment facilities are being expanded and efforts […]

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West African countries step up Ebola preparedness

West African countries step up Ebola preparednessAs Ebola vaccination intensifies in Guinea, the country’s neighboring countries are on high alert, urgently preparing to detect, isolate and manage all cases and rapidly eradicate potential cross-border epidemics. Nine cases, including five deaths, have been reported in Guinea. Although no confirmed cases of Ebola have been recorded outside the country, the latest outbreak in N’Zérékore prefecture is close to porous borders with Liberia, Sierra Leone and Côte d’Ivoire. The six countries bordering Guinea are in the process of finalizing their national operational preparedness and preparedness plans in accordance with a WHO preparedness assessment tool. The general state of readiness in the six countries is almost 66%, which is still below the benchmark of 80%. Surveillance and screening are intensified at border crossings and in high-risk communities. Rapid response teams are deployed in border areas to support health district preparedness plans. Testing and treatment facilities are being expanded and efforts […]

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