President Xi JINPING Donates 10 Million More Vaccines To Zimbabwe

THE People’s Republic of China’s President, XI JINPING has donated 10 million vaccine doses to Zimbabwe in a move that is set to boost vaccine availability and increase the country’s ability to inoculate more people in the face of a raging COVID-19 pandemic. By Michael Gwarisa The donated consignment consists of 6 million Sinovac doses and 4 million Sinopharm doses in addition to the 2 million doses Zimbabwe has received from China since February 2021. In his acceptance speech, Zimbabwe’s President, Emerson Mnangagwa paid tribute to China’s commitment to advancing…

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WHO Technical Advisory Team Warns That Omicron Reduces Vaccine Effectiveness…Calls For Development Of Stronger Vaccines

PRELIMINARY data from the World Health Organization (WHO) Technical Advisory Group on COVID-19 Vaccine Composition (TAG-CO-VAC) shows that the mutational profile of the Omicron strain reduces vaccine effectiveness in symptomatic patients. By Michael Gwarisa The technical advisory team also called for the urgent development of COVID-19 vaccines that have high impact on prevention of infection and transmission, in addition to the prevention of severe disease and death, are needed and should be developed so as to reduce the need for booster doses. Until such vaccines are available, and as the…

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Innovative Insurance Policy Purchased To Protect Up To 800,000 People In Zimbabwe From Drought Risk

A global network of humanitarian agencies has today announced the purchase of an innovative insurance policy in partnership with African Risk Capacity (ARC) and the Government of Zimbabwe. The policy is to protect more than 800,000 people in Zimbabwe from drought risk during the 2021/2022 agricultural season. Own Correspondent The $2.5 million USD policy purchased by Start Network and provided by African Risk Capacity, is built on parametric insurance. This means it pays out before a crisis, according to pre-agreed scientific triggers, based for example on rainfall data. Unlike the…

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The Way We Interact With Our Wildlife Now, Will Determine How We Deal With The Next Global Health Pandemic

THE world is still struggling to contain the COVID-19 pandemic which has had the global health sector on its toes since 2020 as scientists search for a solution to the prevailing health crises. The first case of the coronavirus strain or the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus was reported in Wuhan, a City in the Hubei province of China in December, 2019. By Michael Gwarisa More than two years after the first case was recorded, scientist and health experts are still looking into its origin. Even though the bulk of…

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Dont Forget Leprosy! Cries WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination, Yohei Sasakawa says there has been massive disruption to treatment and case detection of Leprosy since the year 2020 as majority of resources were channeled towards fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. By Michael Gwarisa Leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease, is a chronic infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae. The disease mainly affects the skin, the peripheral nerves, mucosal surfaces of the upper respiratory tract and the eyes. Leprosy is known to occur at all ages ranging from early infancy to…

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Man With Terminal Heart Disease Gets A Transplant Of Genetically Modified Pig Heart

(CNN) A 57-year-old Maryland man is doing well three days after receiving a genetically modified pig heart in a first-of-its-kind transplant surgery, University of Maryland Medicine said in a news release Monday. David Bennett had terminal heart disease, and the pig heart was “the only currently available option,” according to the release. Bennett was deemed ineligible for a conventional heart transplant or an artificial heart pump after reviews of his medical records. It was either die or do this transplant. I want to live. I know it’s a shot in…

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Hybrid Variant, The DeltaCron Discovered In Cyprus

A strain of Covid-19 that combines delta and omicron was found in Cyprus, according to Leondios Kostrikis, professor of biological sciences at the University of Cyprus and head of the Laboratory of Biotechnology and Molecular Virology. SOURCE: Bloomberg There are currently omicron and delta co-infections and we found this strain that is a combination of these two,” Kostrikis said in an interview with Sigma TV Friday. The discovery was named “deltacron” due to the identification of omicron-like genetic signatures within the delta genomes,” he said. Kostrikis and his team have…

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Faith and vaccination are not mutually exclusive

Members from various churches gather at the women and girls symposium

Religious leaders from the Christian, Hindu and Muslim communities in Kenya recently came out to support the government’s efforts to vaccinate the population against Covid-19. They called on their congregants to shun myths and misconceptions associated with the vaccine and to get vaccinated in order to better protect themselves from severe illness and hospitalisation as Kenya ramps up its vaccination efforts. This is an important step. And we need to see more of it across the continent. As in many other regions, religion plays a pivotal role in Africa. More…

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CDC Reports Increase in Human Rabies Cases Linked to Bats

THE Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is raising awareness of the risks of rabies from bats in the U.S. after three people, including one child, died from rabies between late September and early November 2021. The three cases, described in the January 6, 2022, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, bring the total number of cases in 2021 to five, compared to no reported rabies cases in people during 2019 and 2020. Over a five-week period between September 28, and November 3, 2021, three people— one each in Idaho,…

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How Threatening Is The New ‘IHU’ Variant Of Coronavirus?

This strain of the SARS-CoV-2 carries the N501Y mutation While the world is pulling in resources to fight back against the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, scientists have detected a relatively new strain. Called the IHU variant, or B.1.640.2, it was first detected in southern France last month but has now begun catching the attention of global experts. Detected by researchers at the Marseille-based Mediterranee Infection University Hospital Institute (IHU), the variant has 46 mutations. This is leading to the fear that IHU could be more resistant to existing vaccines.…

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