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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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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AMR In The Midst Of COVID-19: Are We In A Fix?

ACCORDING to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Antimicrobial resistance (AMR ) occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change over time and no longer respond to medicines making infections harder to treat and increasing the risk of disease spread, severe illness and death. Antimicrobial resistance threatens the effective prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi. By Michael Gwarisa As a result, the medicines become ineffective and infections persist in the body, increasing the risk of spread to others. However, over the…

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Smoking Shisha A Potential TB Super spreader-Expert

HOOKER Water Pipes also known as Shisha or Hubbly Bubbly could be possible transmitters of the bacteria that causes Tuberculosis (TB) from one person a group of multiple smokers at any given time, a local TB expert has warned. By Michael Gwarisa The warning comes in the wake of an increase in the uptake of the Shisha smoking in Zimbabwe around some of the popular joints where multiple smokers take turns to puff of on the pipes without following any hygiene etiquette. According to data, the number of puffs inhaled…

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Zimbabwe Records Over 1000 New COVID-19 Cases

…As country detects new Omicron variant …Expert warns against Hard Lockdowns A total 1 042 new local cases of COVID-19 were recorded last night, signalling the arrival of a fourth wave that many public health experts fear could be more devastating compared to previous waves due to the absence of adequate healthcare personal to attend to hospitalisations and severe cases. By Michael Gwarisa According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care’s (MoHCC) daily situation report of December, 2 2021, 80 of the new 1042 are cases were detected from…

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#BREAKING: Midwives Crises Hits Mbuya Nehanda Maternity Unit

MBUYA Nehanda Maternity division, one of Zimbabwe’s largest maternity units located at Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare, is battling serious shortages of skilled midwives amidst indications that the facility recently experienced an incident whereby only one midwife ended up attending to at least 26 pregnant women. By Michael Gwarisa A visit by this publication to the facility in on Friday, 29 October, 2021 revealed that only one midwife was on duty for several hours while at least 26 women waited to be attended. Some of the women who were visibly in…

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#BREAKING: All 192 Nashville Students Test Negative For COVID-19

AN update by the Gweru COVID-19 task-force indicates that of all the 192 COVID-19 tests that were done on Nashiville Secondary School students, non of them came out positive. By Michael Gwarisa In an update by the task-force, they said, “Following reports circulating on social media on Nashville High school pupils alleging Covid 19 positive …and no reports being made to the responsible Ministry of Health. The following has been expeditiously done by the Response Team and Taskforce authorities headed by the DDC. 1. RRT dispatched by the Min of…

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#DEVELOPINGSTORY: Nashville Conducts Mass Testing For Pupils After Pictures Of Alleged COVID-19 Positive Students Go Viral

NASHVILE Secondary School in Gweru has started mass COVID-19 testing of students in response to circulating pictures on social media of pupils lying helplessly in the sun and alleged to be down with COVID-19. By Patricia Mashiri The testing exercise commenced last night with teams from the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) havig been deployed to investigate, screen and test the pupils. Speaking to HealthTimes, a Nashville Secondary staff member who refused to be named confirmed that there were massive testing going on. The Headmaster and other administration…

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Zim Citizens Warned against Complacency….As New Delta Sub-Variant Wreaks Havoc

NEW coronavirus strains including a Delta variant sub-strain are already giving the world headaches, amidst indications that countries such as Russia and United Kingdom and even China have started recording record high death tolls and new infections linked to new strains. By Michael Gwarisa According to the Russian federal agency inspecting consumer rights protection and human wellbeing, several cases of AY.4.2, a new Delta sub-variant of coronavirus were already being detected. A report by Russia’s coronavirus emergency task force, indicates that the COVID-19 cases went up by 36,339 over the…

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