What’s causing vaccine delays in some Asian countries?

An estimated 160 million Covid-19 vaccinations have been administered so far globally, but most of that has been in the US and Europe. In the Asian region, vaccination programmes are steadily progressing in places like India which says it has administered around 14 million doses since January. In others countries however, vaccine programmes are either yet to begin or are still at a very early stage. The reasons for this have been varied – ranging from an abundance of caution to high levels of vaccine scepticism. We looked at some…

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Covid vaccines: How fast is progress around the world?

More than 300 million doses of the coronavirus vaccines have been administered, in more than 100 countries worldwide. However, there are vast differences in the pace of progress in different parts of the world. Some countries have secured and delivered doses to a large proportion of their population – but many more are still waiting for their first shipments to arrive. Global vaccine rollout Total doses per 100 people No data 0 10 20 30 40 50+ Scroll table Filter table: The WorldAfricaAsiaEuropeMiddle EastLatin America & CaribbeanNorth AmericaOceania Location Doses…

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Tanzania nuns and priests dying ‘with Covid symptoms’

The Catholic Church in Tanzania has been outspoken about what it sees as a hidden epidemicImage caption: The Catholic Church in Tanzania has been outspoken about what it sees as a hidden epidemic Sixty nuns and 25 priests have died in Tanzania in the last two months after showing symptoms of coronavirus, the Catholic Church in the East African nation says. The church, which has been outspoken about coronavirus before in one of the few countries in the world not to publish its virus data, warned Tanzanians to take Covid-19…

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Covid in Scotland: Tighter rules will be used to decide on levels

The levels system governs rules around travel, retail and hospitality New rules are set to make it harder for areas to drop down to lower tiers of Covid restrictions after lockdown is eased in Scotland. The Scottish government hopes to return to the levels system from late April. But if an area is to see restrictions lifted, the number of positive cases will need to be far lower than when the system operated last year. The government said the more stringent approach was needed because of the new faster-spreading variant…

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PM Narendra Modi gets Covid jab as India scales up vaccination

Indian PM Narendra Modi received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine on Monday Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has received the coronavirus jab as the country opened its vaccination programme for the wider population. India launched its vaccination drive on 16 January, but it was limited to healthcare workers and frontline staff. Now, people over 60 and those who are between 45 and 59 but have other illnesses can get vaccinated. State-run hospitals will offer free jabs but people can also pay at private facilities to get vaccinated. Mr…

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Covid: France approves AstraZeneca vaccine for over-65s

The French government says older people with pre-existing conditions can now get AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine, revising its stance on the issue. “People affected by co-morbidities can be vaccinated with AstraZeneca, including those aged between 65 and 74,” the health minister said. Last month France approved use of the vaccine for under-65s only, citing lack of data for older people. The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is widely used across the UK, but several EU countries are still limiting it to the under-65s, including Germany. The EU drugs regulator has approved it for all…

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Covid vaccines cut risk of serious illness by 80% in over-80s

A single shot of either the Oxford-AstraZeneca or the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid jab reduces the chance of needing hospital treatment by more than 80%, an analysis in England shows. The Public Health England data showed the effect kicked in three to four weeks after vaccination. It was based on people aged over 80 who were the first to receive the jab. Government scientists hailed the result, but stressed that two doses were needed for the best protection. It comes after similar findings were published by Scottish health authorities last week, which…

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FULL TEXT: Akufo-Addo’s 24th address to the nation on measures to fight coronavirus

You are doing so on one of the sacred days of our nation, 28th February, when the 1948 Christiansborg Crossroads shooting occurred seventy-three (73) years ago, which led to the martyrdom of Sergeant Adjetey, Corporal Attipoe, and Private Odartey Lamptey, martyrdoms that ignited the nationalist movement, and led us to the freedom we enjoy today. Let us observe a moment’s silence in honour of their memory, and the memory of all the faithful departed patriots who helped create our nation. May their souls rest in perfect peace. Fellow Ghanaians, since…

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Johnson & Johnson Covid vaccine: FDA approves single-shot jab

US regulators have formally approved the single-shot Johnson & Johnson (J&J) coronavirus vaccine, the third jab to be authorised in the country. The vaccine is set to be a cost-effective alternative to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, and can be stored in a refrigerator instead of a freezer. Trials found it prevented serious illness but was 66% effective overall when moderate cases were included. The vaccine was developed mainly by J&J’s Janssen Pharmaceutica division. The company has agreed to provide the US with 100 million doses by the end of…

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Akufo- Addo will be the first to be vaccinated – Dr Nsiah -Asare

The presidential advisor on health, Dr. Nsiah-Asare, has disclosed that, President Akufo -Addo will be the first to be vaccinated. According to Dr Nsiah-Asare, the move to have the President take the first jab of the vaccines “is to assure Ghanaians that the vaccines are safe and any other reactions like headache, dizziness, or pains are all usual with every vaccination,” he said. “We encourage everyone to avail him or herself of the opportunity to be vaccinated. It is safe and we want other Ghanaians abroad to also put out…

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