Ghana becomes recipient of historic first shipment of COVAX vaccines

“After a year of disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 80,700 Ghanaians getting infected with the virus and over 580 lost lives, the path to recovery for the people of Ghana can finally begin. “This is a momentous occasion, as the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccines into Ghana is critical in bringing the pandemic to an end. The only way out of this crisis is to ensure that vaccinations are available for all. We thank all partners that are supporting the COVAX Facility to deliver safe and…

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#NEWSINBRIEF: Health Ministry Official Hired Her Father & 27 Other Relatives During COVID-19

MINISTRY of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) Director epidemiology, Dr Portia Manangazira who is facing charges of fraud and abuse of office is believed to have hired 28 relatives including her father to conduct COVID-19 awareness campaigns. Her relatives would benefit from US$796,675.00 and fuel that she is accused of misappropriating.  Dr Mangazira who was appearing in court today has also been denied bail. SOURCE: ZimLive  

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Compensation For COVAX Vaccine Recipients Who Develop Serious Reactions

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) has signed a no -fault compensation deal which will see  a lump-sum payment being made to recipients of the the COVAX vaccine who would have developed serious side effects and reaction getting paid for damages that would have occurred. By Michael Gwarisa The World Health Organization (WHO) and Chubb Limited (NYSE: CB), through ESIS Inc., a Chubb company, signed an agreement on behalf of the COVAX Facility on 17 February 2021 for the administration of a no-fault compensation programme for the 92 low- and middle-income…

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WHO Director Tells Tanzania To Share covid-19 Data

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) director,  Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu has implored the Tanzanian government to be transparent and start reporting COVID-19 data as as to enable the global health body to make informed decisions with regards to the situation in the country. Staff Reporter The call follows indications that the Tanzanian government was suppressing COVID-19 and information since March 2020 while the virus has been decimating the country’s population behind the scenes. We extend our condolences to our Tanzanian sisters and brothers on the recent passing of a senior…

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Maternal Health During COVID-19 Times, Time To Rethink Health Priorities

Young Preganant Women

MOST Zimbabweans at some point  thought our country had done very well in curbing COVID-19 infections. That was before we started to experience a steady increase in new infections towards the end of 2020. Reports showed that in week 46 of the year, there were 281 new cases and in week 47 there were new 594 cases. By Edinah Masiyiwa  These statistics did not scare Zimbabweans enough though as people went to parties during the festive season, including a big party in Harare where thousands of people gathered to celebrate…

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National Vaccination Drive Could Worsen Already Depressed Blood Stocks

ZIMBABWE’s blood bank which is currently running at less than a day’s supply of blood could experience a further decline in blood stocks during the forthcoming mass COVID-19 vaccination drive as donors who receive jabs are recommended to wait for at least 28 days before donating blood after receiving their shot. By Michael Gwarisa According to the Food and Drug and Drug Administration (FDA), individuals who get jabs from vaccines such as the AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and the  Sinopharm which are replication defective virus vaccines must wait two weeks…

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#JUSTIN: Health Ministry Epidemiology Director, Manangazira In Court For Embezzling COVID-19 Funds

THE HERALD: The director of Epidemiology and Disease Control in the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Portia Manangazira appeared at the Harare Magistrates’ Court on allegations of misappropriating funds and fuel meant for training 800 community health workers who were to raise awareness on Covid-19 in the country. Manangazira appeared before deputy chief magistrate Mrs Bianca Makwande charged with four counts of criminal abuse of duty as a public officer. The funds and fuel were part of the US$796 675 disbursed by the Health Ministry to train 800 health…

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We Are Confident In The Sinopharm Vaccine Says VP Chiwenga

HEALTH and Child Care Minister (MoHCC), Vice President Constantino Chiwenga says government was confident the Sinopharm vaccine would do no harm to the people of Zimbabwe as they have done their homework before rolling out the dosses. By Michael Gwarisa Zimbabwe received an initial consignment of 200 000 doses of the Sinopharm Vaccine on February, 15 2021. The other batches are set to arrive from different suppliers and governments in the coming weeks in a move that is likely to see at 10 Million Citizens being vaccinated. Speaking at the…

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Inaugural Vaccination Exercise To Be Held At Wilkins Hospital Tomorrow

THE inaugural vaccination process will take place at Wilkins Hospital in Harare, on Thursday, February 18, 2020. HealthTimes According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) Public Relations department,the initial phase of the vaccination process will target front line workers who are at high risk of infection. Fellow Zimbabweans as you are aware we received 200 000 doses of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines from China on 15 February 2021 which were subsequently handed over to His Excellency President Cde E.D. Mnangagwa at State House by the Chinese Ambassador to…

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#JUSTIN: Blood Stocks Critically Low, NBSZ Appeals For Blood Donations

THE National Blood Service of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) is appealing for blood eligible blood donors to come forward and donate blood amidst indications that the blood bank is running low on blood stocks. By Michael Gwarisa The blood bank is currently running on a hand to mouth basis and is sitting on less than a day’s supply, whilst a healthy bank should have at least five days supply. In a statement, the NBSZ Communications Officer, Mr Ephraim Mubayi said the blood stocks levels have been affected by the prevailing COVID-19 induced…

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