AstraZeneca Vaccine 'Protects Against Severe Disease, Death'
The Malawi government has announced that it has decided to go ahead with acquiring the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, despite concerns about its efficacy. Alarm bells went off In South Africa, when clinical trials at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, concluded that the AstraZeneca vaccine provided only "minimal" protection against mild to moderate Covid-19 symptoms caused by the 501.V2 variant. South Africa, Africa's hardest-hit nation, was due to start its vaccination campaign with a million AstraZeneca doses but halted the plans, and may instead switch to a different vaccine. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization has warned against dismissing the vaccine, insisting it was still a vital tool in the global fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic.
As of September 24, confirmed cases of Covid-19 from 55 African countries reached 8,211,300 while over 86,011,313 vaccinations have been administered across the continent.
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Africa needs timely access to safe and effective Covid-19 vaccines (file photo).