COVID-19

German organisations call for urgent aid to Namibia over COVID-19 pandemic

The Corona pandemic is particularly deadly in Namibia. Recalling Germany’s colonial past, aid organisations and celebrities are sounding the alarm and calling on the German government to send vaccine to the African country. More than 250 organisations and individuals are calling on the German government to provide rapid and comprehensive aid to Namibia to enable the African country to effectively …

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Here’s how to get a Covid-19 vaccination appointment in Germany

On Monday, 7 June, prioritisation for coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination was lifted in Germany. Until the government lifted the priority list, appointments for vaccination had been reserved for people in three groups, which include the over 60s, care home residents, medical workers, people with certain health conditions and other frontline workers like supermarket staff, police and teachers. Now, anyone above 12 …

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Germany introduces digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate

The Federal Government intends to roll out a digital immunity certificate by the end of June, making it easier to prove that a person has been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. But critics warn the timeframe is too ambitious. Germany’s Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Thursday (10 June) that Germany will roll out a digital immunity certificate “CovPass” …

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Germany: Upper House approves more freedoms for vaccinated persons

As from Sunday, the Corona restrictions for fully vaccinated and recovered people will be relaxed. After the Bundestag, the Bundesrat has also approved the new regulation. Here’s an overview of the new regulation. ——— The Bundesrat, the upper house of the federal parliament, on Friday approved a new regulation of the Federal Government that contains relaxations of protective measures against …

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COVID-19: Germany opens up AstraZeneca vaccines for all adults

AstraZeneca jabs will soon be available to all adults, after German officials lifted restrictions banning under 60-year-olds from getting the vaccine. AstraZeneca jabs will no longer be limited to people aged 60 and older, German federal and state officials agreed on Thursday. The move comes as Germany moves to quickly vaccinate its population following a sluggish vaccine rollout that has …

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How technology can support vaccine rollout in West Africa – SAP executive

Titilayo Adewumi, Regional Sales Director: West Africa at SAP, writes on what role technology should play as West Africa starts vaccine rollout NAIROBI, Kenya, 5 May, 2021 -/African Media Agency(AMA)/- After more than a year of lockdowns and disruption caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, African countries are preparing for the most ambitious vaccine rollout in human history. All eyes …

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Africa proves COVID-19 could have been better contained, says report

New report highlights how African leadership helped beat infectious disease outbreaks before they became epidemics —- ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, April 28, 2021-/African Media Agency(AMA)/- Last year, a single outbreak of deadly infectious disease travelled around the world, changing life as we know it. But every year, there are many near misses—outbreaks that are successfully controlled before they become epidemics. Today, …

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Germany: Federal Cabinet approves uniform nationwide COVID-19 measures

The federal government says “emergency brake” measures to combat rising case numbers are to be legally mandated in all federal states, replacing a patchwork system. The change must now be passed by parliament. On Tuesday, Cabinet members approved legal changes to grant the federal government more power to enforce coronavirus regulations in German states. The changes to the German Infection Protection Act must …

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EU regulator says AstraZeneca’s benefits outweigh its risks

The European Medicines Agency says blood clotting should be listed as a “very rare” side effect of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine. But the EU regulator says the benefits of the jab outweigh the risks. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Wednesday said blood-clotting should be listed as a “very rare” side effect of taking the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine. But the EU regulator said the …

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Facebook moves against Vaccine misinformation

Facebook Inc has announced that it had started adding labels to posts that discussed the safety of Covid-19 vaccines and would soon label all posts about the vaccines. The social media giant would as well as launch a tool to help people find available vaccine sites nearby. The social media company, which has been criticised by lawmakers and researchers for …

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COVID-19: Sources of Important Information in Germany

The fight against the coronavirus has affected a great many aspects of our lives and the pandemic has had an undeniably disproportionate impact on people with a migration background. We have here sources of empowering information for Africans living in Germany, ranging from practical advice on prevention, treatment and vaccination to travel protocols and specific support measures for migrant entrepreneurs. …

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SPECIAL: African diaspora, COVID-19 and disinformation

By Dr Michael Nnaji*, Berlin Charité Hospital The age of freedom that the internet ushered in has led, in my opinion, to a widespread abuse of the medium in recent times about the Covid-19 pandemic, as ideological battles rage between advocates of a rational, science-based approach and the “gut thinkers”. As the saying goes: in war the first casualty is …

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SPECIAL: How coronavirus pandemic disproportionately affects migrants

Across Europe, the pandemic has had a disproportionate negative impact on people with a migration background, not only in terms of health but also jobs, education, language training and other integration measures. Because immigrants live in overcrowded housing conditions and are concentrated in jobs where physical distancing is difficult, among other reasons, they are at much higher risk of coronavirus …

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EU approves fourth vaccine against COVID-19

The coronavirus vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson can now also be used in the European Union. The vaccine was approved by the EU Commission on Thursday, as President Ursula von der Leyen announced on Twitter. “More safe and effective vaccines are coming to the market.,” von der Leyen wrote. It is the fourth vaccine against covid-19 approved in the …

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Nigeria receives COVID-19 vaccines, launches registration portal for inoculation

Nigeria has received nearly four million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, courtesy of the COVAX Facility, a partnership between CEPI, Gavi, UNICEF and WHO. The United Nations (UN) in Nigeria made this known in a statement issued on Tuesday (2 March). According to the statement, Nigeria on Tuesday received 3.94 million doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine, manufactured by the Serum …

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Ghana receives first Covid-19 vaccines from WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has delivered its first Covid-19 doses to Ghana under a programme to ensure low-income countries do not wait for years to start inoculating their populations. Ghana became the first country to receive the vaccines through the COVAX program on Wednesday, a joint statement issued by UNICEF Ghana and WHO Ghana said. An aircraft carrying 600,000 …

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