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Europe COVID-19 cases rising; the latest health stories from around the world

The more things change the more they remain the same or, what you gain in the swing you lose on the roundabout. Despite the vaccine, Europe is back where it started, becoming the focal point of the Covid-19 pandemic just as it was in the spring and summer of 2020. However, thanks to the vaccines, …

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A new era for vaccines in Africa?

Pharma major BioNTech plans to start construction on its first start-to-finish vaccine plant in Africa in the middle of next year, Bloomberg reports (www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-10-26/biontech-to-start-building-vaccine-plant-in-africa-next-year). The German company said it is developing the plans with the governments of Rwanda and Senegal, and initially, the factory will have an annual capacity of 50 million messenger RNA vaccine …

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Will political posturing give way to calm investigation when WHO investigates future pandemics?

The World Health Organization (WHO) has proposed a new team to investigate the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Scientific Advisory Group on the Origins of Novel Pathogens (SAGO) will also be tasked with studying the origins of future outbreaks and epidemics and guiding studies of emerging pathogens more generally, according to a report in …

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EU putting weight behind Ethiopia’s Tedros for a second term in WHO DG role

Tedros 2.0? German government sources told Reuters on 23 September that Berlin would officially nominate Tedros as the Director General (DG) of the World Health Organization (WHO) for the second time around and was seeking support from other European Union (EU) member states. At least 17 EU states have said they would also submit his …

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Pandemic preparedness: better late than never

Billion-dollar plan  Almost as if to make up for the lost Trump year during the pandemic, the White House has put together an ambitious new plan with a $65.3 billion price tag that could transform the way the United States responds to pandemics by vastly accelerating vaccine development, testing, and production. But is the plan big enough?  Announced on 03 September, the scheme hopes to launch with …

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Cancer in Africa: The untold tale

Cancer in Africa is an increasing health issue, which must be handled effectively to limit rising incidences and fatality rates. It has been predicted that because of population increase and ageing, there would be a seventy percent influx of new cancer diagnoses by 2030. In Africa, this daunting condition has co-existed with newly found contagious …

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Ebola makes a comeback in Côte d’Ivoire

The Ebola virus arrested headlines earlier this year following an outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Now, it’s back in the news with Côte d’Ivoire detecting its first case in more than 25 years. The country’s Ministry of Health confirmed the news, after samples collected from an individual who had arrived from Guinea. …

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South Africa: Mine Dumps Increase Asthma Risk

Studies in South Africa have revealed that living close to a mine or exposure to mine dust is a risk factor for asthma, as well as other respiratory and bronchial illnesses. Mining is a major industry in South Africa, with materials such as gold and coal having helped to boost the country’s economy. However, there …

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Nigeria: Using Technology to Improve Healthcare

Technology is being employed all over the world to improve healthcare. In Nigeria, technology is being hailed as the answer to poor healthcare by experts. The Future of Health Summit was held by Philips Africa and Forbes Africa, designed to provide an event to discuss Nigerian and African investment in healthcare technology. A survey recently …

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