COVID-19

Germany drops COVID-19 travel entry rules

Germany announced on 11 June that it had provisionally lifted all COVID-19 entry restrictions to the country. Travel from non-EU countries to Germany is now permitted for all purposes (including tourism and visits) and no proof of vaccination, recovery or testing is required any longer. “Visas as required for entry into Germany may be applied for with the German Consulate …

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Ghana changes COVID-19 rules for international travellers

Ghana has lifted most COVID-19 domestic measures and international travel restrictions effective from Monday, 28 March. For example, the wearing of masks in the West African country is no longer mandatory just as outdoor functions can resume at full capacity as long as all persons are fully vaccinated. In addition, land and sea borders have reopened to passenger traffic. President …

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Nigeria scraps pre-departure COVID-19 tests for vaccinated travellers

Fully vaccinated travellers arriving in Nigeria will no longer be required to take a pre-departure PCR COVID-19 test, the Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, announced on Monday. Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Federal Government, made the comment during a press briefing of the PSC in Abuja at which he announced a …

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Germany: COVID rules relaxed despite high infection rate

The amended Infection Protection Act was passed by the Bundestag and Bundesrat on Friday, opening a new phase in the management of the coronavirus pandemic after two years. The previous protective measures will be replaced with effect from Sunday with significantly fewer regulations: no more masks in schools, shops and restaurants. They will only remain compulsory in nursing homes, clinics …

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Afropop star Yemi Alade advises on vaccination in Africa

NAIROBI, Kenya, March 1, 2022/ — Today, global Afropop star Yemi Alade was appointed Global Ambassador for It’s Up to Us — a pan African campaign driven by the Africa CDC and Mastercard Foundation. The campaign encourages Africans to unite and get vaccinated against COVID-19. The announcement was marked by the release of a campaign video featuring the singer (https://bit.ly/3hvlwLj). …

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COVID-19: Kenya, Nigeria, others get technology to produce vaccine

Kenya, Nigeria, Tunisia, Senegal and Egypt have been announced as the first “spokes” or beneficiaries to receive the technology to produce their own mRNA vaccines. The countries will receive the technology from the World Health Organisation (WHO) supported mRNA Technology Transfer Hub based in South Africa. This was announced in a joint press conference with President Cyril Ramaphosa, the WHO, …

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Germany begins phased removal of COVID-19 restrictions

Due to the decreasing incidence of the new coronavirus infections in Germany, the federal and state governments have agreed on a step-by-step plan to relax restrictive measures in force. After a meeting on Wednesday between Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the premiers of the Laender, a three-step plan with the removal of the vast majority of restrictions which should bring Germany …

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Religious leaders speak out on vaccination and faith

Religious leaders from the Christian, Hindu and Muslim communities in Kenya recently came out to support the government’s efforts to vaccinate the population against Covid-19. They called on their congregants to shun myths and misconceptions associated with the vaccine and to get vaccinated in order to better protect themselves from severe illness and hospitalisation as Kenya ramps up its vaccination …

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Germany adopts new tough measures against fourth wave of coronavirus infections

In view of the rising infection figures, the federal states and the federal government on Thursday agreed on far-reaching measures, which will enter into effect on 24 November and have adverse practical consequences for the unvaccinated. Soon only vaccinated and recovered people will be allowed into restaurants, cinemas, gyms etc. An overview of what the federal and state governments decided …

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COVID-19: What you should know about 3G rule in Germany

It is now mandatory nationwide that anyone who wants to enter certain public spaces must be vaccinated, recovered or tested. The so-called 3G rule now applies in places like restaurants, stadiums and hairdressing salons. [3G means Geimpfte, Genesene und negativ Getestete]. Where 3G rule applies, only those who have been vaccinated, have recovered or have tested negative for the coronavirus …

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Report finds stark disparities in COVID-19 impacts across the globe

New data reveals world stepped up to prevent worst-case scenarios from happening; spotlights need for long-term investments to ensure an equitable recovery and continued progress toward the Global Goals SEATTLE, USA, 14 September 2021 -/African Media Agency(AMA)/- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today launched its fifth annual Goalkeepers Report, featuring an updated global dataset illustrating the pandemic’s adverse impact …

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COVID-19: Government launches vaccination action week in Germany

You would like to be vaccinated but don’t know how to get a vaccination appointment in your federal state? The German government is organising a nationwide, weeklong campaign from 13 to 19 September 2021 under the hashtag #HierWirdGeimpft to once again loudly promote vaccination. On the website www.hierwirdgeimpft.de you will find all the important information sorted by federal state, ten …

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Egypt to produce 1 billion COVID-19 vaccines a year

Egypt said Wednesday it plans to manufacture one billion doses a year of China’s Sinovac vaccine, claiming it would become the Middle East and Africa’s “biggest vaccine producer”. Under the deal with the Chinese pharmaceutical company, a factory in Cairo will produce more than 200 million doses per year to cover “national needs”, Health Minister Hala Zayed told a press …

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Worldwide Reading for the Dead of the Corona Pandemic on 5 September 2021

The international literature festival berlin [ilb] calls on individuals, schools, universities, cultural institutions and media to participate in a Worldwide Reading for the Dead of the Corona Pandemic on September 5, 2021. The reading is intended to commemorate those who died in the pandemic. For more than a year, the world has been in the grip of the pandemic. More …

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New COVID rules in Germany

Anyone in Germany who has been vaccinated twice, has recovered from the illness or has a negative test result can now move around largely freely. This increases the pressure on those who have not yet been vaccinated. Jens Thurau reports For a long time, people in Germany were confused by the COVID rules that varied from state to state. But …

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How a Germany-based organisation is helping Nigeria tackle COVID-19 pandemic

Munich, Germany-based Nigerian IT specialist Kazeem Ojoye explains how technological tools help to facilitate diasporas’ transnational engagement through the use of mobile applications and online platforms to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. He reports on how his organisation supported a state government in Nigeria in its pandemic containment efforts. ——– Diaspora is a term used to refer to the expatriate population …

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