Monthly Archives: July 2021

COVID-19 will end when the world chooses to end it — WHO DG

WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has revealed that the end to the COVID-19 pandemic is possible anytime the world wants to end it as the solutions are now available. Addressing the WTO – WHO High Level Dialogue: Expanding COVID-19 Vaccine Manufacture To Promote Equitable Access, the DG said the tools to end the COVID-19 pandemic are now available. “It (the pandemic) will end when the world chooses to end it, because the solutions are in our hands. We have all

Nigeria uses up COVID-19 vaccine doses

Nigeria’s National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has announced that the country has exhausted the doses of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines it received from the COVAX facility in March 2021. According to Dr. Faisal Shuaib, ED/CEO NPHCDA, Nigeria has successfully utilized 3,938,945 doses of Astrazeneca vaccines across 36 States and FCT, representing 98% utilization of the 4,024,000 doses of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine it received from COVAX facility in March 2021. “This comprises of 2,534,205 people who have been vaccinated for first dose, and 1,404,205

WHO, others warn vaccine inequity is undermining global economic recovery

COVID-19 vaccine inequity will have a lasting and profound impact on socio-economic recovery in low- and lower-middle income countries without urgent action to boost supply and assure equitable access for every country, including through dose sharing, according to new data released today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the University of Oxford. An acceleration in scaling up manufacturing and sharing enough vaccine doses with low-income countries could have added $38 billion to their GDP

Progress towards ending AIDS among children, adolescents and young women has stalled

In the final report from the Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free initiative, UNAIDS and partners warn that progress towards ending AIDS among children, adolescents and young women has stalled and none of the targets for 2020 were met. The report shows that the total number of children on treatment declined for the first time, despite the fact that nearly 800 000 children living with HIV are not currently on treatment. It also shows that opportunities to identify