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Mali's interim government is mindful of fixed election timeline - PM
  + stars: | 2021-07-30 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.79   time to read: +2 min
Malian opposition leader Choguel Maiga named transitional prime minister attends the inauguration ceremony of Colonel Assimi Goita the new interim president in Bamako, Mali, June 7, 2021. REUTERS/Amadou KeitaBAMAKO, July 30 (Reuters) - Mali's transitional government is conscious of its commitment to a fixed deadline for arranging elections to restore democracy after last year's coup, Prime Minister Choguel Maiga said on Friday. Presenting the interim government's action plan, Maiga outlined four key policy areas, which included delivering transparent and credible elections after the creation of a new electoral body. "In respect of the fixed timeline for the transition and our international commitments, the single election management body will follow a simple implementation process," he said without confirming any election dates. Reporting by Tiemoko Diallo Writing by Alessandra Prentice; Editing by Richard ChangOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Choguel Maiga, Assimi Goita, Amadou Keita BAMAKO, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, Maiga, Bah Ndaw, Tiemoko Diallo, Alessandra Prentice, Richard Chang Organizations: REUTERS, Economic, West African States, ECOWAS, African Union, Thomson Locations: Bamako, Mali
(CNN) Around six million doses of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine will be delivered by the African Union to 27 African nations that have paid for the shipments through the end of August, an AU special envoy said on Thursday. AU coronavirus envoy Strive Masiyiwa said 18 countries are finalizing loans from the World Bank and other global lenders before they make payment. Deliveries will rise to an average of 10 million a month from September, increasing to 20 million in January until the order is fulfilled by September next year. Local vaccine production 'the answer'The balance of Africa's vaccine requirements will come from donors including COVAX, Masiyiwa said, adding that local production is the real answer.
Persons: Johnson, Masiyiwa Organizations: CNN, African Union, World Bank
"We want to make clear to all suppliers ... if you want a long-term future with us now, you produce from Africa," Masiyiwa said. Many African nations rely on global vaccine sharing scheme COVAX or donations from countries like China and India. Matshidiso Moeti, the head of the World Health Organization in Africa, called for local production of vaccines so Africa can tackle future outbreaks. J&J is on track to supply members of the African Union with 400 million vaccine doses by September next year, Masiyiwa said. The balance of Africa's vaccine requirements will come from donors including COVAX, Masiyiwa said, adding that local production is the real answer.
Persons: Johnson, Dado Ruvic, Masiyiwa, BioNTech, Lara Dovifat, Moeti, Duncan Miriri, Giles Elgood Organizations: REUTERS, Global, African Union, Pfizer, BioNTech, Africa's Biovac, Sans, World Health Organization, Johnson, Aspen, World Bank, Thomson Locations: NAIROBI, Africa, Europe, India, China, South
Live Covid Live Updates: Pfizer Will Bottle Vaccine in Africa, Leaving Know-How in Europe With only 1.5 percent of the continent’s population vaccinated, the move should bolster supplies. A new study suggested that a single dose of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine may be less effective against the fast-spreading Delta variant. The deal marks the first time Pfizer’s Covid vaccine will be partly produced in Africa. A site where Johnson & Johnson vaccines were being administered in Newark, N.J., in March. But they add to evidence that the 13 million people inoculated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine may need to receive a second dose — ideally of one of the mRNA vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, the authors said.
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Live Covid Live Updates: Half of Australia Under Lockdown as Delta Variant Drives Outbreaks New infections show no sign of slowing in Sydney, which is now in its fourth week of lockdown and has recorded over 1,000 cases. Half of Australia is under lockdown as the Delta variant drives outbreaks in three states. On Tuesday, the state of South Australia was placed under a seven-day lockdown after recording five coronavirus cases. It will rely on Pfizer facilities in Europe to make the vaccine substance and ship it to its Cape Town facility. Those doses will be supplied only to the 55 member states that make up the African Union, the company said.
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Live Covid Live Updates: Central America and Caribbean Urgently Need Vaccines, World Health Official Says Cases are surging in Cuba, Honduras and other countries that rely on donated doses. World health officials call for urgent vaccine donations to stem Covid in Central America and the Caribbean. All international air travelers into the United States have to present a negative coronavirus test taken within three days of departure or proof of recovery from the virus within 90 days. It was the steepest decline in life expectancy in the United States since World War II. While the vaccines are being offered under emergency use authorization, supporters argue there is ample evidence that the ones available in the United States are both safe and effective.
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Supplies to African countries are unlikely to increase much in the next few months, rendering the most effective tool against Covid, vaccines, of little use in the current wave. Of those, 9.9 billion doses are already sold ... ... while only 950 million doses are still available to buy. About three-quarters of the 70 million doses African countries have received have already been administered, according to the W.H.O. Hesitancy and misinformationEven in areas where vaccine doses may be available soon, some Africans are hesitant about taking them. But even as more people get inoculated, the efficacy of the particular vaccines being delivered to African countries remains a concern.
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Vials labelled "COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine" and sryinge are seen in front of displayed Johnson&Johnson logo in this illustration taken, February 9, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File PhotoSummary 49 African countries to receive 25 mln COVID-19 vaccine dosesFirst deliveries soon to Burkina Faso, Djibouti, EthiopiaAfrica recorded a 43% jump in COVID-19 deaths last weekGENEVA, July 16 (Reuters) - Nearly 50 African countries are to receive 25 million COVID-19 vaccine doses donated by the United States, with the first shipments to Burkina Faso, Djibouti and Ethiopia in coming days, U.S. officials and the Gavi vaccine alliance said on Friday. "In partnership with the African Union and COVAX, the United States is proud to donate 25 million COVID-19 vaccines to 49 African countries. Nearly a million doses of the Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) vaccine will be delivered to Burkina Faso, Djibouti and Ethiopia in coming days, the statement said. read moreAfrican Union Special Envoy Strive Masiyiwa said the U.S. donation to 49 countries was appreciated "especially at this moment when we are witnessing the third-wave in a number of African countries”.
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This may be an issue with some Covid vaccines, but it is not likely to be the case with the mRNA Covid vaccines, he said. The CDC says that Covid vaccines are "not interchangeable" because the safety and efficacy of "a mixed-product series" hasn't been examined. That said, the National Institutes of Health is conducting studies that involve giving people a third dose, either of the same vaccine or booster doses of a different vaccine. And AstraZeneca's Covid vaccine, which is not yet available in the U.S., utilizes the same technology as J&J's. Researchers from Oxford University recently published findings that combining the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine with a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine generates a "robust" immune response against the virus.
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REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde/File PhotoABUJA, July 13 (Reuters) - Nigeria expects to receive nearly 8 million additional doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of August, including from a U.S. government donation, the head of its primary care agency said on Tuesday. Faisal Shuaib, head of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), said Nigeria exhausted its initial supply of nearly 4 million shots last week and aims to resume vaccinations within weeks, when the new doses arrive. The White House last month outlined a plan to share 55 million U.S. COVID-19 vaccine doses globally via COVAX. Shuaib said Nigeria recorded 14,550 of mild to moderate adverse reactions to the vaccines but no fatalities linked to the shots. Reporting by Chijioke Ohuocha, editing by Libby George and Steve OrlofskyOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
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At that time, 15 women in United States and Europe who had received the Johnson & Johnson shot had been diagnosed with the disorder. They attached a warning to the drug and cleared it for use, but state officials have said that the perception that the vaccine might be unsafe hurt it. Studies have showed that the Johnson & Johnson shot protects people against more contagious virus variants, including the Delta variant, and is highly effective at preventing severe Covid-19, hospitalizations and death. shares jurisdiction over vaccines with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention but is responsible for issuing product warnings. has also attached a warning to the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, but some health officials described that as less serious than the warnings about Johnson & Johnson.
Persons: Johnson, Alex Gorsky, pericarditis Organizations: Emergent, Regulators, African Union, Centers for Disease Control, Pfizer, BioNTech Locations: Baltimore, United States, Europe
The database indicates only one possible death of a recipient of the Johnson & Johnson shot from Guillain-Barré syndrome. Even though it requires only one dose and is easier to store than Pfizer’s and Moderna’s vaccines, Johnson & Johnson’s shot has played only a minor role in the U.S. inoculation campaign. At that time, 15 women in the United States and Europe who had received the Johnson & Johnson shot were diagnosed with the clotting disorder; three died. Alex Gorsky, Johnson & Johnson’s chief executive, said last month that he was still hopeful that the vaccine, which has been used in 27 countries, would help contain the pandemic overseas. Studies have showed that the Johnson & Johnson shot protects people against more contagious coronavirus variants, including the Delta variant, and is highly effective at preventing severe Covid-19, hospitalizations and death.
Persons: Johnson, Alex Gorsky Organizations: Emergent, African Union, Drug Administration Locations: Delaware, U.S, Baltimore, United States, Europe
Active cases in Africa recently surpassed 642,000, eclipsing a second-wave peak of 528,000 active cases in January, according to a BBC analysis of Johns Hopkins University data. The 50 million doses administered to date in Africa make up just 1.6% of doses administered globally. A resident receives a dose of the AstraZeneca Plc Covid-19 vaccine at Mbagathi Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. More than 1.6 million doses have been delivered to Africa through the initiative and more than 20 million doses of Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer vaccines are expected to be delivered to the continent soon. "With much larger COVID-19 vaccine deliveries expected to arrive in July and August, African countries must use this time to prepare to rapidly expand the roll-out," said Moeti.
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Factbox: Ethiopia's giant Nile dam
  + stars: | 2021-07-08 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam is seen as it undergoes construction work on the river Nile in Guba Woreda, Benishangul Gumuz Region, Ethiopia September 26, 2019. Though construction has been hit by delays, Ethiopia began filling the reservoir behind the dam in 2020. NILE WATERSThe Nile Basin river system flows through 11 countries. The Blue Nile and White Nile merge in Sudan before flowing into Egypt and on to the Mediterranean. SUDAN'S POSITIONSudan does not face shortages in its Nile water supplies and it could gain from the dam's electricity generation, as well as flood mitigation.
Persons: GERD, Nafisa Eltahir, Aidan Lewis, Andrew Heavens Organizations: REUTERS, Tiksa, . Security, Washington, African Union, European Union, United, Thomson Locations: Guba Woreda, Benishangul Gumuz Region, Ethiopia, CAIRO, Egypt, Sudan, Khartoum, Kinshasa, United States, United Nations
U.N. Security Council backs AU bid to broker Ethiopia dam deal
  + stars: | 2021-07-08 | by ( Michelle Nichols | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
Ethiopia is opposed to any Security Council involvement. But Egypt views it as a grave threat to its Nile water supplies, on which it is almost entirely dependent. Tunisia has proposed a draft Security Council resolution that would call for a binding agreement between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt on the operation of the giant dam within six months. read moreEgypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry called on the Security Council to adopt the resolution. "We urge our Egyptian and Sudanese brothers and sisters to understand that the resolution to the Nile issue will not come from the Security Council.
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Tunisia pushing U.N. action on Ethiopia dam, Ethiopia opposed
  + stars: | 2021-07-07 | by ( Michelle Nichols | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam is seen as it undergoes construction work on the river Nile in Guba Woreda, Benishangul Gumuz Region, Ethiopia September 26, 2019. "Africa is watching and watching closely because the precedence is huge to bear and disrupts African Unity," the diplomat said on condition of anonymity. Egypt's irrigation minister said on Monday he had received official notice from Ethiopia that it had begun filling the reservoir behind the dam for a second year. Ethiopia says the dam on its Blue Nile is crucial to its economic development and to provide power. But Egypt views it as a grave threat to its Nile water supplies, on which it is almost entirely dependent.
Persons: GERD, Michelle Nichols, Peter Graff Organizations: REUTERS, Tiksa, . Security, Reuters, Wednesday, Thomson Locations: Guba Woreda, Benishangul Gumuz Region, Ethiopia, Tunisia, Sudan, Egypt, Ethiopian, New York, African Union, Africa
U.N. urges Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan to recommit to dam talks
  + stars: | 2021-07-06 | by ( Doyinsola Oladipo | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
NASA/METI/AIST/Japan Space Systems, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team/Handout via REUTERSJuly 6 (Reuters) - The United Nations called on Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt on Tuesday to recommit to talks on the operation of a giant hydropower dam, urging them to avoid any unilateral action, a day after Ethiopia began filling the dam's reservoir. Ethiopia says the dam on its Blue Nile is crucial to its economic development and to provide power. But Egypt views it as a grave threat to its Nile water supplies, on which it is almost entirely dependent. Sudan, another downstream country, has expressed concern about the dam's safety and the impact on its own dams and water stations. Egypt's irrigation minister said on Monday he had received official notice from Ethiopia that it had begun filling the reservoir behind the dam for a second year.
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Covid Live Updates: E.U. Travel Passes Come Into Effect
  + stars: | 2021-07-01 | by ( Elian Peltier | ) www.nytimes.com + 0.00   time to read: +15 min
The Delta variant is surging in parts of the Asia-Pacific region and Europe. But many obstacles remain: While countries have agreed that national health authorities will issue the certificates — most E.U. Hannah Beech andAdvertisement Continue reading the main storyIndonesia announces restrictions for two major islands as the Delta variant surges. The Delta variant, first detected in India, is driving a surge of the coronavirus in many parts of the world. The Delta variant makes up 87 percent of the cases in Jakarta, the governor, Anies Baswedan, said earlier this week.
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Separately, the World Health Organization Africa head Matshidiso Moeti warned on Thursday that the third wave hitting the continent was "like nothing we've seen before." read moreStrive Masiyiwa told a weekly online briefing of the Africa Centres for Disease Control that the donations consisted largely of Pfizer doses and a few Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) vaccines. So some countries will begin to receive early next week shipments that are Johnson & Johnson, others will receive shipments that are Pfizer. Africa aimed to have 800 million doses by December this year but had only received 65 million so far, Nkengasong said. At a later briefing on Thursday, Moeti said the surge in cases was being fuelled by more contagious variants.
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Live Covid Live Updates: Outbreak Sweeps Myanmar Amid Military Leaders’ Inaction With doctors and others on strike against the overthrow of Myanmar’s civilian government, the health care system could crumble. Most worrisome are outbreaks in the three largest communities near the border with India, the country where the highly contagious Delta variant was first identified. Advertisement Continue reading the main storyIndonesia announces restrictions for two major islands as the Delta variant spreads. The Delta variant, first detected in India, is driving a surge of the coronavirus in many parts of the world. To date, more than three billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide, equal to 40 doses for every 100 people.
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U.N. Security Council likely to meet next week on Ethiopia dam
  + stars: | 2021-07-01 | by ( Michelle Nichols | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam is seen as it undergoes construction work on the river Nile in Guba Woreda, Benishangul Gumuz Region, Ethiopia September 26, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File PhotoUNITED NATIONS, July 1 (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council will likely meet next week to discuss a dispute between Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt over a giant dam built by Ethiopia on the Blue Nile, French U.N. Ethiopia is not keen on Security Council involvement and instead asked the body to defer the issue to the African Union. Ethiopia previously rejected calls from Egypt and Sudan to involve mediators outside the African Union. De Riviere, council president for July, pointed out that there was little the Security Council could do other than bring the parties together to express their concerns and then encourage them to return to negotiations to reach a solution.
Persons: Nicolas de Riviere, GERD, De Riviere, Michelle Nichols, Jonathan Oatis Organizations: REUTERS, Tiksa, UNITED NATIONS, United Nations Security, African, Security, Thomson Locations: Guba Woreda, Benishangul Gumuz Region, Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt, French, African Union
Inside the Biden Administration’s Scramble to Share Vaccine With the World
  + stars: | 2021-06-30 | by ( Noah Weiland | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
WASHINGTON — When a commercial plane carrying 2.5 million doses of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine took off on Wednesday from Dallas for Islamabad, Pakistan, federal officials had just finished a dizzying bureaucratic back-and-forth to get them there. The United States had arranged a donation agreement with Moderna and Covax, the year-old vaccine-sharing initiative. Covax had previously worked out indemnity agreements with Moderna, which shield the company from liability for potential harm from the vaccine. American Embassy officials in Islamabad had worked with regulators there to evaluate the Food and Drug Administration’s review of the vaccine; Pakistani regulators had to pore over reams of materials on the vaccine lots and the factory where they were made before authorizing it for use there. Once they signed off, the result was a so-called tripartite agreement: a type of deal that has increasingly come to consume the Biden administration’s pandemic response efforts, underscoring how demand for vaccines is lagging in the United States as many countries plead for help from those with a surplus.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Covax, Natalie Quillian, Covid Organizations: United, Moderna, American Embassy, Biden, House, African Union Locations: Dallas, Islamabad, Pakistan, United States, Covax, Caribbean
African Union wants Covishield approved for EU COVID-19 certificate
  + stars: | 2021-06-29 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
A man displays a vial AstraZeneca's COVISHIELD vaccine as the country receives its first batch of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines under COVAX scheme, in Accra, Ghana February 24, 2021. read moreBut Covishield is not one of four vaccines approved by the European Union for its planned digital vaccination certificate, which is intended to allow people to travel freely within the EU. read moreThe 54-nation African Union said in a statement late on Monday that Covishield's exclusion could lead to discrimination against African travellers. The travel certificate will show if a person has received a vaccine, had a recent negative test, or had immunity based on recovery. The AstraZeneca (AZN.L) shot is one of the four approved for the EU certificate, but the list does not extend to Covishield.
Persons: Francis Kokoroko, Covishield, Johnson, Elias Biryabarema, Timothy Organizations: REUTERS, African, Serum Institute of India, European Union, Union, African Union, States, EU, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer, Timothy Heritage, Thomson Locations: Accra, Ghana, Francis Kokoroko KAMPALA
(CNN) The African Union (AU) and Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) have voiced "concern" after it emerged that Europe's digital 'green pass' does not recognize a vaccine that was donated to many African countries through the COVAX initiative. The European Union (EU) Digital Covid Certificate enables people who have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine approved by its medicines regulator, the European Medicines Agency (EMA), to travel freely within the bloc. But the pass only recognizes AstraZeneca doses manufactured in Europe (branded Vaxzevria) and not those manufactured by the world's largest vaccine manufacturer -- the Serum Institute of India (SII) -- which is branded Covishield. "In the EU, the vaccine called Covishield does not currently have a marketing authorization. Even though it may use an analogous production technology to Vaxzevria, Covishield as such is not currently approved under EU rules," the EMA said.
Persons: Vaxzevria, Read Organizations: CNN, African Union, for Disease Control, Africa CDC, European Union, European Medicines Agency, AstraZeneca, Serum Institute of India, EMA, EU Locations: Africa, Europe
Nigeria adds South Africa to its COVID-19 'red list' for arriving travellers
  + stars: | 2021-06-28 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
Security officers are seen at the passport control point at the Nnamdi Azikiwe international airport in Abuja, Nigeria September 7, 2020. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde/File PhotoABUJA, June 28 (Reuters) - Nigeria is adding South Africa to its "red list" of countries for which there are stringent restrictions for arriving passengers, officials said during a briefing on Monday. Nigeria is introducing the restrictions due to the spread of the Delta variant in South Africa, Chikwe Ihekweazu, the head of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, said. They are also required to take COVID-19 tests within 24 hours or arrival and after seven days in quarantine. Nigeria received 3.92 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine via COVAX in March, and has thus far administered 3.44 million shots.
Persons: Afolabi, Chikwe Ihekweazu, haven't, Ihekweazu, Faisal Shuaib, Johnson, Felix Onuah, Libby George, Lisa Shumaker Organizations: REUTERS, Nigeria Centre for Disease, Health Care Development Agency, Oxford, AstraZeneca, Johnson, African Union, Thomson Locations: Abuja, Nigeria, ABUJA, South Africa, India, Brazil, Turkey
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