Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Africa

US not imposing new Omicron testing for passengers from southern Africa

Starting Monday, the US will bar most foreign travellers from South Africa and seven other southern African countries in an attempt to curb the spread of the Omicron variant.

New Covid variant shuts borders across the globe

Dubbed Omicron, the strain has cast doubt on global efforts to battle the pandemic because of fears that it is highly infectious, forcing countries to reimpose measures many had hoped were a thing of the past.

Malaysia, Singapore curb arrivals from southern Africa over new variant

Citizens and foreigners holding permanent resident status will be allowed to return to Singapore and Malaysia, but will have to undergo quarantine.

Israel finds case of Covid strain first detected in South Africa

Scientists in South Africa said on Thursday that they had detected the new B.1.1.529 strain with at least 10 mutations, compared with two for Delta or three for Beta.

Syringe shortfall threatens Africa Covid vaccine drive

Unless there is a significant acceleration, only five African countries, or below 10%, will reach the target of 40% of populations vaccinated by the end of the year, WHO says.

Nigerian general says leader of Islamic State West Africa is dead

The conflict between the insurgents and Nigeria's armed forces, which has also spread to neighbouring Chad and Cameroon, has left about 300,000 dead and millions dependent on aid.

WHO recommends use of first malaria vaccine for children

The decision follows a review of a pilot programme deployed since 2019 where more than two million doses were given of the vaccine.

2% or fewer have had Covid jabs in many African nations, says WHO

Covid-19 case numbers in Africa dropped by 35% to just over 74,000 in the week to 26 Sept.

India may resume vaccine exports soon with focus on Africa, says source

India, the world's biggest maker of vaccines overall, stopped vaccine exports in April to focus on inoculating its own population as infections exploded.

Africa pleads for fair shot at buying Covid jabs over waiting for donations

The AU has set up the African Covid-19 Vaccine Acquisition Task Team to purchase jabs for member states in a scheme to run alongside the donor-funded global Covax facility.

EU to return J&J vaccines made in Africa

The announcement comes with Africa's struggle to immunise its people against Covid-19, partly because of a lack of supply and widespread vaccine hesitancy.

Ivory Coast records first Ebola case in nearly 3 decades

Authorities say it is an isolated and imported case.

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