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. The Africa Vaccination Acquisition Trust (AVAT) and the COVAX global vac

South Africa detects a new, highly infectious COVID-19 variant: Report

A new and more infectious COVID-19 strain has been found in South Africa, according to a recent study conducted by the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing platform and the country’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases. Called the C.1.2 and considered to be more advanced

Africa's COVID-19 vaccination rate tripled but is still low, claims WHO

The COVID-19 vaccination rate in Africa has tripled during the last week. However, safeguarding even 10% of the continent by the end of September is still a very hard goal, claims World Health Organization's Africa Director, Dr. Matshidiso Rebecca Natalie Moeti. According to Dr. Matshidiso, 13

GSK unveils new malaria vaccine that reduces mortality risk by 70%

The clinical trial was conducted with 6,000 children aged 5-17 months in Mali and Burkina Faso. Globally, malaria causes about 400,000 deaths every year, mainly affecting young children. Company targets approval after WHO expert panel meeting in October. UK-based pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmit

Ivory Coast reports first Ebola case in 25 years after Guinea epidemic

World Health Organization has claimed that a patient in Abidjan, Western Africa has reportedly tested positive for Ebola, making it one of the first cases of the lethal disease in Ivory Coast in over a quarter-century. For the record, Ebola is transmitted by direct contact with the bodily fluids of

Kenya’s Hewatele to expand oxygen production to meet COVID-19 demands

Hewatele, a Kenya-based oxygen producer, is reportedly expanding its capacity this year to meet rising demand from hospitals treating patients suffering from COVID-19 patients. A devastating fourth wave of COVID-19 infections has hit the East African nation, putting a lot of pressure on health insti

Libya launches largest COVID-19 vaccination center in capital Tripoli

In a bid to accelerate inoculations and catch up with the surging COVID-19 cases, Libya has reportedly pioneered its largest vaccination center in the city of Tripoli. Set up in the gymnasium of the City Sports venue, the vaccination center can receive between 2,000 to 3,000 people per day and is o

Cooper Pharma & OSI join forces to market Flavobac Cold & Flu Guard

Leading Indian pharmaceutical company, Cooper Pharma, has reportedly inked a distribution agreement with American pharmaceutical firm, OSI, for the purpose of marketing Flavobac Cold & Flu Guard. As per the terms of the deal, OSI provides Cooper Pharma the exclusive right for the distribution o

South Africa starts offering J&J COVID-19 dose to the homeless populace

South Africa’s health authorities have reportedly started administering Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine to the homeless population of the country to ensure complete protection and improve its fight against the virus. The Western Cape government will make use of the J&J COVID