Zimbabwe Gvt Approves Vaccination Of 16 Year Olds Against COVID-19

THE Zimbabwean government through the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), has approved the immunization of 16 to 17 years olds with the aim of accelerating the implementation of the national COVID-19 vaccination program. By Michael Gwarisa The developments also come in the midst of indications that the national vaccination coverage has reached 38% against a target of vaccination of at least 60% by 31 December, 2021. In a statement, Health and Child minister, Dr Constantino Chiwenga said the 16-17 years olds will only receive the SINOVAC vaccine. The…

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COVID-19 Mu and R.1 Variants: What You Need to Know

Like Delta and other strains of COVID-19, our tests can detect these so you can make plans to feel better. The more COVID-19 changes, the more the lessons of the pandemic stay the same. As the Delta variant became dominant in the U.S. — and now as Mu and R.1 establish footholds around the world — the same measures that protected us against one protect us against another. So, with people continuing to gather at more public places and events at near full capacity — including schools — here’s what…

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Zimbabwean National, Chido Mpemba Appointed AU Youth Ambassador

THE African Union (AU) has appointed Ms Chido Mpemba as its new Youth Envoy as part of my renewed commitment to amplify the voices of young people and broaden their participation in the development of the Continent. By Michael Gwarisa In a statement, the AU Commission Chairperson, Mr Moussa Faki Mahamat said Ms. Chido Mpemba was selected following a rigorous recruitment process of hundreds of applicants. I am confident that, with her profound knowledge of issues affecting young people, and working in close collaboration with the relevant Departments of the…

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UNAIDS calls for action against the criminalization of people who use drugs and for community-led harm reduction programmes

GENEVA, 1 November 2021—On International Drug Users’ Day, UNAIDS is calling for urgent action against the criminalization of people who use drugs, for the redress of criminalization’s negative effects on HIV, viral hepatitis and other health issues, for the respect of human rights and for more funding for community-led harm reduction programmes. “UNAIDS is committed to supporting countries in their journey towards the decriminalization of drug possession and to full-scale implementation of harm reduction programmes,” said UNAIDS Executive Director, Winnie Byanyima. “UNAIDS calls for the full involvement of communities of…

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