Africa to recreate leading COVID-19 shots to address vaccine inequities

Young scientists in some Cape Town warehouses are gathering and calibrating the equipment required to reverse engineer a COVID-19 vaccine that has yet to reach South Africa and other underprivileged economies.

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Moderna to develop 500Mn vaccine doses at its new facility in Africa

American pharmaceutical and biotechnology company, Moderna has recently revealed plans to open a new vaccine production facility in Africa.

According to the company, its new facility would produce approximately 500 million doses of

Australia to buy Merck’s COVID-19 pill in wake of delta variant surge

Stepping up to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison recently revealed plans to purchase 300,000 courses of drug maker Merck’s experimental antiviral drug. The move comes as Victoria records the highest number of daily

Scientists uncover gene that can shape immune response to Sars-CoV-2

A new study by scientists at MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research, has reportedly found that minor differences in an individual's genetic make-up might help explain the reason why some individuals establish a robust natural defense against a coronavirus infection, while others expe

France to donate 120Mn COVID-19 vaccine jabs to poor nations

French President- Mr. Emmanuel Macron has pledged to double the total number of coronavirus vaccine doses to 120 million which France plans to donate to poor nations.

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ABCHealth launches initiative to boost pharma manufacturing in Africa

ABCHealth recently announced the West Africa AfCFTA-Anchored Pharma Initiative at the Africa Investment Summit on Health. This initiative is designed to boost the local production of drugs and medical equipment in West Africa and eventually across the continent.

Juntendo researchers spot emerging malaria-drug resistance in Africa

Researchers from Juntendo University have reported that mutant variants of the malaria-causing parasite are spreading in Africa. These mutants are reportedly resistant to artemisinin, the primary drug used for treating the disease, according to the study published in

Medical groups warn against the use of Ivermectin to treat COVID-19

Prominent medical and pharmaceutical groups have reportedly warned against the use of Ivermectin to treat coronavirus patients. Ivermectin is a drug used to treat infections caused by internal and external parasites and is wrongly being used to treat COVID-19.

France teams up with African partners to supply 10Mn vaccines to Africa

The French government has formed an alliance with the African Union under which member states of the African Union will receive an extra 10 million doses of Pfizer and Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccines over the next three months.