Eleven African countries will this weekend start receiving their portion of the first batch of 400 million COVID-19 vaccines from Johnson and Johnson (J&J), the Africa CDC announced on Thursday. Recipients include Togo, Lesotho, Ghana, Tunisia, Angola, Cameroon, Egypt, Botswana, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Mauritius, and they are part of pool purchasing facilitated by the African […] Continue reading ->
  Sixteen countries have pledged more than 610 million COVID-19 vaccine doses for 2021-2022 through COVAX, the global vaccine sharing facility, and low and middle income countries have already received 37.7 million donated doses. The United States under President Joe Biden is leading the pack with a total pledge of 260 million doses, followed by […] Continue reading ->
The war against COVID-19 has changed with the emergence of the highly transmissible and deadly Delta variant, said an internal US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) slide presentation. The document, which has not yet been released, was obtained by the Washington Post and calls for a new and more aggressive masking and vaccination […] Continue reading ->
As more high income countries adopt COVID-19 passes for entry to venues like sporting and cultural events, restaurants and even workplaces, public opposition to the use of the public health tool is also growing – despite the fact that these same countries enjoy very widespread access to vaccines and rapid COVID tests.  However, countries like […] Continue reading ->
The World Health Organization (WHO) aims to reduce new hepatitis B and C infections by 90% and deaths by 65% by 2030 but to achieve this goal, the global health body needs countries to scale up hepatitis services including prevention, testing, and treatment. On World Hepatitis Day on Wednesday, WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, […] Continue reading ->
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR), fostered by the wanton use of antibiotic-laced feed and growth-boosting supplements for livestock and poultry, could lead to the “next pandemic”, warns the first-of-its-kind report on AMR that focuses on the long-ignored global animal health sector.  The new report, Feeding Resistance, on the growing threat of superbug risks associated with animal health […] Continue reading ->
People living with HIV in low-and middle-income countries will soon have access to generic second-line antiretroviral drugs at a much cheaper price following an innovative agreement between Unitaid and the Clinton Health Access Initiative Inc (CHAI). The new pricing agreement announced on Monday will see pharmaceutical company Hetero Labs manufacture a generic combination of darunavir […] Continue reading ->