#BREAKING: WHO Approves Sinopharm Vaccine For Emergency Use

WHO today listed the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, giving the green light for this vaccine to be rolled out globally. The Sinopharm vaccine is produced by Beijing Bio-Institute of Biological Products Co Ltd, subsidiary of China National Biotec Group (CNBG). WHO Communication “The addition of this vaccine has the potential to rapidly accelerate COVID-19 vaccine access for countries seeking to protect health workers and populations at risk,” said Dr Mariângela Simão, WHO Assistant-Director General for Access to Health Products. We urge the manufacturer to participate in the COVAX…

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Sinopharm Suits Zimbabwe’s Cold Chain Capacity

UNLIKE other COVID-19 vaccines that were developed using  the Messenger Ribonucleic Acids (M-RNA) technology, vaccines manufactured using a killed/inactivated virus such as the Sinopharm, Sinovac and COVAXIN currently being administered in Zimbabwe do not require expensive subzero cold-chain infrastructure. By Michael Gwarisa The messenger RNA technology was deployed in the Pfizer, Mordena and other vaccines, making such vaccines unsuitable for hot climatic conditions such as the one in Zimbabwean unless the country installs a costly deep freeze airport warehouse, procures and modifies refrigerated vehicles and inoculation points to ensure the…

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Zim COVID-19 Epidemic Curve Flattening – Dr Grant

Dr Grant Murewanhema

LOCAL Public Health Expert and Epidemiologist, Dr Grant Murewanhema has hinted that Zimbabwe’s epidemic curve was at the verge of flattening even though clustered sections of infections were still reported at community level. By Michael Gwarisa An epidemic curve, also known as an epi curve or epidemiological curve, is a statistical chart used to visualize the onset and progression of a disease outbreak. Presenting during an editors workshop that was organized by the National AIDS Council, Dr Grant said there was need to scale-up COVID-19 prevention interventions in  a bid…

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#LongReadAhead: Vaccines Efficacy And Effectiveness Explained

Dr Tinashe Gede

THE arrival of the coronavirus on our shores has to a larger extent planted an appetite for reading and commenting around health-related issues even amongst non-medical people. All of a sudden everyone is now a public health or medical analyst and this is largely due to information gaps present in our communities. By Michael Gwarisa The World Health Organisation (WHO) identified information and communication as a key pillar to the pandemic response amongst the eight pillars the world heath body has set. However, when not managed and disseminated well, information…

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Zimbabwe COVID-19 Hospitalizations Decrease

CABINET has announced that COVID-19 related hospitalizations have decreased over the past few weeks, signalling a positive outlook for the country battle against COVID-19. By Michael Gwarisa According to cabinet, majority of the new cases currently being recorded have mild to moderate symptoms and they don’t require hospitalization. Generally,  hospital admissions for COVID-19 cases have decreased, resulting in institutions such as the Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals reclaiming areas in the Out-Patient Department for routine service provision,” said Information and Publicity Minister, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa during a post cabinet media briefing.…

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Covid-19 Vaccines Don’t Cause Infertility Says WHO Zimbabwe

REPORTS that COVID-19 vaccines cause infertility in both women and men are nothing more than mere conspiracy theories and false unscientific claims, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Zimbabwe has said. By Patricia Mashiri Zimbabwe launched its national COVID-19 vaccination program in February this year after receiving its first 200 000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine from China. However, there has been low uptake of the vaccine owing vaccine hesitancy largely due to widespread misinformation and conspiracy theories. In an interview with HealthTimes, Dr Lincoln Charimari,the World Health Organization (WHO) Zimbabwe…

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Demystifying COVID-19 Vaccines

THE world has fought several plagues and pandemics over centuries, some of which even threatened to wipe out the whole of mankind. Nature somehow found its way of defeating the infectious pathogens and the human race survived. About a century ago, the world also battled the Spanish Flu pandemic, and there are hardly any survivors to narrate the ordeal, but we know that it was also a very bad pandemic. By Dr Grant Murewanhema Now, coming to the COVID-19 global epidemic which was declared a pandemic just over a year…

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President Mnangagwa Gets Vaccinated Against COVID-19

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa received his C0VID-19 vaccine jab in the resort town of Victoria Falls. By Patricia Mashiri Speaking at the launch of the second phase of the National vaccination programme in Victoria Falls, President  Mnangagwa challenged communities to embrace the vaccination programme. Zimbabwe like any other countries was not spared from devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Let me reiterate the global call by the World Health Organization ( WHO) that no one is safe until everyone is safe. “I therefore challenge all of us in our respective communities…

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WHO Zimbabwe Expert Clarifies On Sinopharm Vaccine, Says Sinopharm And More Other Vaccines Awaiting WHO Emergency Use Approval

There is nothing unusual about Sinopharm being administered before getting the WHO SAGE approval Only Four Vaccines have received the WHO EUL approval SAGE likely to make recommendations to Sinopharm end of March or beginning of April THE Sinopharm, Sinovac, Suptnik and at least 30 more other vaccines have submitted their dossiers to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) for them to be listed for emergency use amidst indications that to date, only four vaccines namely the Pfizer Biotech, Astrazeneca, Mordena and Johnson & Johnson…

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Intensify COVID-19 Prevention and Vaccination of Teachers and Pupils Health Experts Warn

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) Zimbabwe representative, Dr Alex Gasasira says there is need to support schools in ensuring they adhere to set COVID-19 prevention guidelines to avoid a spike in COVID-19 cases. By Patricia Mashiri The call comes hot on the heels of  the recent reopening of schools in the midst of concerns being raised by public health experts that the country could be headed for a catastrophic third wave in the midst of new COVID-19 strains. In an interview with HealthTimes, Dr  Gasasira, said schools should be supported…

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