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Senegal in talks to buy vaccine from China

Senegal in talks to buy vaccine from China

SENEGAL is in talks to buy at least 200,000 doses of a coronavirus vaccine developed by China's Sinopharm, Health Minister Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr has announced. Senegal this month said it would buy extra vaccines to complement those it will get through the World Health Organization-backed COVAX scheme, which aims to deliver 1.3 billion doses this year to 92 low- and middle-income nations. A deal with Sinopharm could help Senegal start vaccinations before COVAX kicks in, a small boost for a country where cases this month have surged to record highs and intensive care beds are full. But it would cover…
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China donates 400,000 vaccines to Niger

China donates 400,000 vaccines to Niger

CHINA has donated 400,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Sinopharm to Niger, the first vaccines the West African nation has received, Niger's presidency said. Vaccinations have been slow to get started in many African countries, which are primarily relying on free vaccines from COVAX, a programme backed by the World Health Organization and other international organisations. China has donated vaccines to several other African countries as it aims to cultivate goodwill through so-called vaccine diplomacy. Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou received the vaccines at a ceremony in the capital Niamey that was also attended by the Chinese ambassador. "Starting…
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Mozambique to receive extra 1.7 million vaccines

Mozambique to receive extra 1.7 million vaccines

MOZAMBIQUE expects to receive 1.7 million more doses of COVID-19 vaccines by May from various bilateral sources, its prime minister announced yesterday. Carlos Agostinho do Rosário, Prime Minister of Mozambique having a portrait during Africa Investment Forum 2019 - National Hydrocarbon Company (ENH) Mozambique Signing on November 13, 2019, at Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa. Mozambique kicked off its COVID-19 vaccination program on Monday after receiving a donation of 200,000 doses from the China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) last month. The government aims to inoculate around 60,000 health workers in the country of about 30 million, nearly half of…
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Senegal receives its first COVAX vaccines

Senegal receives its first COVAX vaccines

SENEGAL received 324,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine early yesterday as the COVAX global distribution scheme accelerates delivery of the shots to the world's poorest countries. The doses will add to the west African country's stock of 200,000 vaccines it bought from China's Sinopharm to launch the first phase of its inoculation campaign. Around 40,000 people, including President Macky Sall have received the Sinopharm vaccine since the start of the campaign last week. Senegal is eligible for around 1.3 million doses for free in the first wave of disbursement from the COVAX progamme, which is backed by the World…
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Sinopharm waits for trial results

Sinopharm waits for trial results

CHINA National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) will need to assess results from overseas Phase III clinical trials to decide whether its two-shot COVID-19 vaccine should be followed by a booster shot, a company executive said on Sunday. Regulators and vaccine developers are looking at whether booster doses are necessary amid concerns that emerging variants of the new coronavirus might weaken protection of vaccines designed against older strains. "The preliminary results so far showed that the booster vaccination can effectively increase the neutralizing antibody titer and antibody persistence, and also effectively improve the vaccine's ability to resist mutations," Zhang Yuntao, vice president…
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Egypt receives first batch of Sinopharm coronavirus vaccines

Egypt receives first batch of Sinopharm coronavirus vaccines

EGYPT has received its first shipment of vaccines developed by China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) and will get more deliveries soon, health officials have disclosed. The shipment arrived at Cairo airport from the United Arab Emirates, which has been carrying out phase III clinical trials of the vaccine. The UAE health ministry said this week that the Sinopharm vaccine had 86% efficacy, citing an interim analysis of the late-stage clinical trials. The vaccine has already been used on about 1 million people in China in an emergency programme. In Egypt the vaccine, taken in two doses 21 days apart, will…
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Morocco gets half million doses of Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine

Morocco gets half million doses of Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine

MOROCCO has received half a million doses of China's Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine as it prepares to be the first African country to roll out a national immunisation campaign. The consignment is the second batch to arrive in Morocco after 2 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured by India's Serum Institute. The government has announced that it will first start vaccinating health, security, and teaching staff this week and has launched a website for other people to register for the vaccine. The country signed a deal with Sinopharm in August which involved conducting clinical trials in Morocco as well as announcing…
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Egypt begins COVID-19 vaccination drive

Egypt begins COVID-19 vaccination drive

EGYPT began vaccinating frontline medical staff against COVID-19, using the jab developed by China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm). The vaccine will be provided free of charge first to all doctors and frontline workers treating coronavirus patients, then to other medical workers, senior citizens and people with chronic illnesses, Health Minister Hala Zayed said. "As soon as each citizen registers, they will take their turn. But you cannot set a timeframe for when this will be, and even the countries that have set a timeframe have not been able to fulfil it, not because they have a problem, but because of…
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Egypt to begin vaccinations today

Egypt to begin vaccinations today

EGYPT will begin coronavirus vaccinations on Sunday, beginning with medical staff, President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said in recorded comments on Saturday. On Friday, Egypt recorded 748 new cases and 52 deaths. However, health officials say the real number is likely far higher because of the relatively low rate of coronavirus testing and the exclusion of private test results. Egypt received its first shipment of vaccines developed by China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) in December. Egypt will get 40 million vials via the GAVI vaccine alliance for 20 million people, or 20% of the 100 million population, its health minister said last…
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Egypt receives first vaccine

Egypt receives first vaccine

EGYPT received its first 50,000-dose shipment of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine this week as part of its programme to vaccinate health workers, the cabinet said yesterday. The cabinet was confirming reports in the local media, which had reported that the consignment arrived on Sunday. State newspaper Al Ahram said Egypt had signed a contract for 20 million AstraZeneca shots from India, although the cabinet statement made no mention of the total order size. Egypt received its first shipment of vaccines developed by China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) in December and began vaccinating frontline medical staff against COVID-19 on January 24…
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