News this week (8). Vaccinations for Johnson & Johnson resumed in South Africa, there are no schools in Madagascar, chaos in South Sudan and Malawi, and Sputnik V is produced in Egypt.
Resuming Johnson & Johnson vaccination in South Africa
South Africa announced on Thursday, April 22, that it will begin to administer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to its health workers again next week. The procedure was suspended due to the potential risk of thrombosis after 6 cases were reported in the United States.
The South African authorities finally confirmed that among the estimated 290,000 medical staff who have received the vaccine, no such serious incident has been reported. Health experts in this country expressed satisfaction with this decision. The expert recorded pollution records across the African continent (more than 1.5 million cases and nearly 54,000 deaths), and its vaccination efforts have encountered many setbacks in recent months. Therefore, in February, the health authorities abandoned the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which was considered ineffective against the so-called “South African” virus mutation.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is currently being used in a study to provide 1.2 million medical staff across the country with an opportunity for early immunization. The second phase of the vaccination program, especially for people over 60, will begin on May 17. So far, South Africa has ordered 31 million doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine and 30 million doses of Pfizer. It is estimated that the international Covax plan will provide 1.3 million euros.
Students in Madagascar are deprived of tuition fees
Young Malagasy cannot return to school on Monday, April 19, the end of the Easter holiday. Facing the surge in coronavirus cases caused by the spread of the so-called “South Africa” virus in particular, the government has decided to suspend schools for at least two weeks. This decision sometimes has serious consequences for school children on the Big Island, where distance education has become a challenge due to the lack of sufficient Internet access. Between April 2020 and August 2020, 7 million students have been affected by school closures.
Authorities say that given the virulence of the new epidemic, they have no choice. Faced with shortages of beds, oxygen and medicines, Madagascar is struggling to manage the influx of patients. Some hotels in the capital Antananarivo have been converted into reception and isolation centers for moderate Covid-19 patients. The border closed again on Wednesday.
South Sudan and Malawi’s confusion over expired vaccines
In South Sudan and Malawi, the dosage of the AstraZeneca vaccine has caused confusion. The vaccine was produced by the Serological Institute of India and provided by the African Union (AU) at the end of March, thanks to donations from the telecom giant MTN. The expiration date on the packaging is set for April 13, prompting Malawi to announce that it will destroy 16,000 unused doses. South Sudan, one of the poorest countries in the world, says it will stop, Sine waveThe vaccination campaign lasted only one week, covering only 2,000 people, managed by him, and the total number was 60,000.
However, the Serum Institute of India stated that the use of the vaccine may be extended to mid-July. “We are in an emergency situation, and I call on all Member States so that after receiving the vaccines, there will be enough systems in place to use these vaccines quickly.”Urged John Nkengasong, director of the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (African CDC) on Thursday, April 22, and so far, less than 2% of the global vaccine against Covid-19 has been vaccinated Sold to Africa.
France stated that it intends to provide approximately 100,000 doses of AstraZeneca to African countries in April as part of the Covax system.