Brazil surpasses 250,000 COVID deaths, a year after first case

The South American country has the world’s second-highest death toll after the United States. One year after the first confirmed case of the coronavirus in Brazil, Latin America’s biggest country has recorded more than 250,000 deaths from COVID-19, with the virus still spreading as a national vaccination drive struggles to gain momentum. President Jair Bolsonaro, […]

India’s health workers baulk at taking homegrown COVID vaccine

India is struggling to convince its healthcare and front-line workers to take a homegrown COVID-19 vaccine controversially approved without late-stage efficacy data, government data showed on Thursday, days ahead of a wider roll-out. The country has the world’s second-highest number of COVID-19 infections after the United States, with cases recently surging as mask-wearing declines and […]

US to ramp up vaccination efforts amid decline in COVID-19 cases

The White House coronavirus task force announced on Wednesday that it would increase the rate of vaccination across the United States, amid a decrease in COVID cases, hospitalisations and deaths. Jeffrey Zients, the White House’s COVID-19 response coordinator, said the weekly supply of vaccines to states is now 14.5 million, up from 8.6 million five […]

A call for global vaccine justice

The global COVID-19 vaccine roll-out is creating a “vaccine apartheid”. As of February 24, approximately 216 million people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 globally. Only 8.4 percent of these are in low and lower-middle-income countries, which are home to nearly half of the world’s population. If this trend continues, young and healthy individuals in wealthy […]

Guinea launches Ebola vaccination drive in country’s south

Inoculation campaign gets under way in Gouecke where several cases of the deadly disease have been detected. Guinea has launched an Ebola vaccination campaign to halt the spread of the deadly disease which hit the country’s south this month and has already caused several deaths. The vaccination drive got under way on Tuesday in Gouecke, […]

Lebanon’s COVID jabs funding at risk after MPs jump queue

The World Bank has threatened to suspend financing for coronavirus vaccines in Lebanon over what it said were violations by legislators who were vaccinated inside Parliament. The comments by the international lender on Tuesday came as frustration grew among some residents and doctors that the national plan that requires people to get vaccinated at predetermined […]

‘Extremely promising’: 1st dose of COVID vaccine cuts illness

Data from two separate studies published in the UK, one in England and another in Scotland, have shown vaccines against COVID-19 are effective in cutting disease transmission and hospitalisations starting from the first dose. Analysis from Public Health England (PHE) published on Monday shows that the vaccine manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech reduces the risk of catching […]

Gaza starts COVID-19 inoculation drive amid vaccine shortage

Officials and health workers inoculated with Russian Sputnik V vaccine donated by Moscow and the UAE. The inoculation campaign in the besieged Gaza Strip has kicked off after the arrival of vaccines donated by Russia and the United Arab Emirates. On Monday, officials and health workers received the first shots of 22,000 Russian Sputnik V […]

WHO chief urges rich nations not to undermine COVAX scheme

Wealthy countries’ deals with vaccine manufacturers led to reduction in amount of vaccines allocated to COVAX, WHO head says. The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has pleaded with rich countries to check before ordering additional COVID-19 vaccine shots for themselves whether that undermines efforts to get vaccine shots to poorer nations. Wealthy nations […]

Guineans sceptical as gov’t steps up fight against Ebola

Gouecke, Guinea – Guinean authorities are in a race against time to limit the spread of an Ebola outbreak after several infections of the deadly disease were detected in the country’s far southern region last week. The West African country declared an Ebola epidemic on February 14, two weeks after the sick attended the funeral […]

PM expresses concern over Haleem Adil Sheikh’s health

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has expressed concern over the health of Haleem Adil Sheikh, a detained opposition leader in Karachi. Details According to reports, Prime Minister Imran Khan telephoned Sindh Governor Imran Ismail and expressed concern over the health of Haleem Adil Sheikh. Sindh Governor Imran Ismail apprised the Prime Minister of the details […]

What will it take to stay one step ahead of a mutating COVID-19?

As of now, nearly 110 million people around the world are known to have been infected with SARS-CoV2, the virus that causes COVID-19 and which first came to light more than a year ago. The actual number of people who have had the virus is probably higher as many cases are asymptomatic, and others went […]

Australia pulls health notices from Facebook after news blackout

Facebook is playing hardball over a government plan to force technology giants to pay for the news on their platforms. Australia’s health department will no longer advertise on Facebook, it has announced, the latest escalation of the government’s feud with the social media giant over a new law that is designed to force the technology […]

Palestinian vaccine drive faces funding shortfall: World Bank

Bank urges Israel, which has made the most progress globally on vaccination, to donate its urplus shots. The Palestinians’ COVID-19 vaccination plan faces a $30m-funding shortfall, even after factoring in support from a global vaccine scheme for poorer economies, the World Bank said in a report on Monday. Israel, a world leader in terms of […]

After deaths, WHO urges Tanzania to share COVID data, take action

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus appeals to authorities to take measures against the pandemic and to prepare for vaccinations. The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has urged Tanzania’s authorities to take “robust action” against the coronavirus pandemic amid increasing warnings that the country is witnessing a deadly resurgence in infections. President John Magufuli has […]

The vaccine debacle and the predatory nature of capitalism

Vaccines have been a beacon of hope amid a raging coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 2.4 million people and brought world economies to a halt. They have been presented as a remedy that would put an end to the immense suffering – physical, emotional, and economic – caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. But […]

What are the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccines?

I have been vaccinating my patients against COVID-19 for the best part of three months now. Some have questions about the vaccine, which I am, of course, more than happy to answer, but ultimately the vast majority say they feel lucky to be offered it. But, now, there seems to be a slightly more sinister […]

Argentina health minister resigns over COVID vaccine scandal

Resignation comes after reports of people using connections to jump the queue and receive COVID-19 jabs. Argentina’s health minister has resigned after reports surfaced that people in the South American nation were using connections to jump the queue and receive COVID-19 vaccines. In a statement posted on Twitter on Friday, Gines Gonzalez Garcia said individuals […]

Russia reports first case of human infection with H5N8 bird flu

Health watchdog says the cases were discovered at a poultry farm in southern Russia in December. Russia has registered the first case of a strain of bird flu virus named AH5N8 being passed to humans from birds and has reported the case to the World Health Organization (WHO), the head of a health consumer watchdog […]

Argentina health chief asked to resign after VIP vaccine access

Scandal surfaced after a veteran journalist said he had received a jab after speaking directly with Minister of Health Gines Gonzalez Garcia. Argentina’s president has sought the resignation of Minister of Health Gines Gonzalez Garcia, two sources in the presidency said on Friday, after media reports that people had been able to use connections to […]

US judge suspends South Carolina’s new abortion law

More than 75 women are scheduled to have abortions over the next three days, most of which would be banned under new law. South Carolina’s new law banning most abortions was suspended by a federal judge on Friday on its second day in effect. Judge Mary Geiger Lewis put a 14-day temporary restraining order on […]

Why hoarding COVID vaccines could prolong pandemic

As the coronavirus continues to spread around the world, with new, more infectious variants complicating responses to outbreaks, governments are racing to roll out vaccinations. With more than 57 million vaccine doses administered, the United States is leading the way in the total number of shots administered, followed by China and the European Union. The […]

Despite COVID jab roll-out in South Africa, frustrations remain

Johannesburg, South Africa – When the South African government launched its much-anticipated coronavirus vaccination campaign on Wednesday, Johanna Monama did not pay much attention. Instead of following live televised coverage of healthcare workers and President Cyril Ramaphosa rolling up their sleeves, Monama, 34, was tending to other problems: hunger, housing and despair. A single mother […]