Rotavirus childhood vaccine shortage hits four African countries
WHO estimates that up to 200,000 children die each year of the highly contagious infection, which is the leading cause globally of severe, dehydrating gastroenteritis in children under the age of five.
Ghana confirms first outbreak of highly infectious Marburg virus
This is only the second outbreak of Marburg in West Africa.
Ukraine president says Africa ‘hostage’ in war with Russia
African countries are acutely affected by the growing crisis, which has sent prices of grains, cooking oils, fuel and fertiliser soaring.
Famine looms in Horn of Africa after four seasons of poor rains, agencies say
Insufficient rainfall has destroyed crops, killed livestock and forced huge numbers of people to leave their homes in search of food and water.
South Africa says it may be entering fifth Covid wave
Health Minister Joe Phaahla says that although hospitalisations are picking up there is no dramatic change in admissions to intensive care units or deaths.
Death of pregnant woman pleading for care sparks outrage in Senegal
Astou Sokhna died nine months pregnant on April 7 in a public hospital in the northern town of Louga, local press reported, after she repeatedly pleaded with doctors to perform the operation.
Over two thirds of Africans infected by Covid since pandemic began, says WHO
The study has found that by September 2021, 800 million Africans had been exposed to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, compared with 8.2 million cases reported at that time.
Covax, African Union decline to buy more doses of Moderna’s Covid shots
Moderna and Gavi have agreements for up to 650 million doses of the company's vaccine to be made available to Covax participants through 2021 and 2022.
Covid cases ‘drop significantly’ in Africa
Newly reported cases fell by 20% in the week to Sunday, while notified deaths dropped by 8%.
Thailand detects African swine fever in sample at slaughterhouse
Authorities launched a probe at the weekend, after growing speculation in recent weeks that the disease was already decimating Thai pig herds and amid accusations of a cover-up.
Africa CDC says severe lockdowns no longer the tool to contain Covid
Experts believe Covid-19 cannot be eliminated and will likely become endemic, meaning it will always be present in the population to some degree, such as the flu or chickenpox.
Pandemic continues rampage in Africa
Deaths, however, dropped by 6%.