South Africa regulator says at advanced stage of Pfizer vaccine review

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – South Africa’s medicines regulator said on Thursday that it was at an advanced stage of reviewing an emergency use application for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.FILE PHOTO: Vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are pictured in a vaccination centre in Geneva, Switzerland, February 3, 2021. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo“Pfizer has engaged with SAHPRA via two regulatory pathways, that is registration […]

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Zimbabwe receives 200,000 doses of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A plane carrying Zimbabwe’s first coronavirus vaccines, 200,000 doses donated by China, arrived in the capital Harare on Monday.Workers offload crates as the country’s first batch of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines arrives from China, in Harare, Zimbabwe, February 15, 2021. REUTERS/Philimon BulawayoA further 600,000 doses from China are set to arrive in early March, information minister Monica Mutsvangwa […]

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UK begins door-to-door testing of 80,000 people to halt South African variant

WOKING, England (Reuters) – Volunteers and police officers in several parts of England began knocking on people’s doors to hand out COVID-19 testing kits on Tuesday to try to halt the spread of a highly infectious variant that originated in South Africa.People take swab tests at a coronavirus testing site, after a new variant of the virus originating from South […]

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WHO says Africa to see 1st vaccine doses from COVAX in March

Africa should see the first COVID-19 vaccine doses in March from the global COVAX effort aimed at helping lower-income countries obtain the shots, the World Health Organization’s Africa chief said Thursday, as deaths on the continent are rapidly rising. Matshidiso Moeti told reporters that a larger rollout of the millions of doses from COVAX is expected by June—the second major […]

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Africa exceeds 3 million COVID-19 cases, 30% in South Africa

Africa passed the milestone of 3 million confirmed cases COVID-19 on Sunday, including more than 72,000 deaths, according to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. South Africa, with more than 1.2 million reported cases, including 32,824 deaths, accounts for more than 30% of the total for the continent of 54 countries and 1.3 billion people. The high proportion […]

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WHO says Africa escaped ‘exponential’ rise in cases

Africa has escaped the “exponential” rise in coronavirus cases seen elsewhere probably due to low population density and a hot and humid climate, the UN health agency said. Africa recorded 34,706 deaths from 1,439,657 cases, according to an AFP tally on Friday—far behind the other continents. The United States alone has 202,827 deaths from 6,979,937 cases. “The transmission of COVID-19 […]

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A ‘soft landfall’: Africa coronavirus cases surpass 100,000, but deaths remain low

Africa’s coronavirus cases have surpassed 100,000, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday, as the youthful continent with many fragile health systems has not seen the high numbers devastating other parts of the world. The pandemic “appears to be taking a different pathway in Africa,” the World Health Organization said. It is not yet clear why. More […]

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Taking the long view on health: Tracking the impact of aging in rural South Africa

Population aging is a growing challenge worldwide, and African is no exception. The World Health Organisation estimates that the continent is home to almost 65 million people aged 60 years or older, and that this number will increase to over 100 million by 2050. This rapid population aging will certainly lead to an increase in non-communicable diseases. This, in turn, […]

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