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Algeria to start Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine production

Algeria to start Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine production

ALGERIA will start production of COVID-19 vaccine Sinovac in partnership with China with the aim of meeting domestic demand and exporting the surplus, the prime minister's office has announced. The government has said production capacity will stand at one million, two million and three million doses in October, November and December respectively, before reaching five million doses per month from January. The North African country has been importing vaccines, mainly Sinovac, since the coronavirus pandemic began in March 2020. The government aims to vaccinate 70% of Algeria's 45 million people. The Sinovac vaccine will be produced in the eastern city…
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Botswana pays $15 a dose for vaccine

Botswana pays $15 a dose for vaccine

BOTSWANA’S health minister said on Friday that the government was paying the equivalent of $15 a dose for the COVID-19 vaccine developed by China's Sinovac Biotech and almost $29 a dose for U.S. company Moderna's shot. African countries have struggled to procure enough vaccines in the global scramble for doses, with coverage secured through World Health Organization (WHO) and African Union (AU)-backed schemes so far falling short of the continent's needs. Under pressure over a recent spike in COVID-19 infections, health minister Edwin Dikoloti revealed how much the diamond-rich southern African country was paying in bilateral deals with pharmaceutical companies…
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Zimbabwe expects 2.5 million vaccines

Zimbabwe expects 2.5 million vaccines

ZIMBABWE expects to receive 2.5 million COVID-19 vaccines from China by the end of this month as it seeks to boost its vaccination drive after several centres ran out of doses, which caused panic, the information minister has said. The southern African nation has faced shortages of vaccines at major centres in Harare and Bulawayo, forcing authorities to prioritise inoculating those seeking second doses. "Arrangements are currently in progress to procure 2 million doses of vaccines from China. These are expected in the country by end of month. Furthermore 500,000 doses of vaccines are expected to be delivered this Saturday,"…
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Don’t panic, says Zim govt

Don’t panic, says Zim govt

ZIMBABWE’S government has urged citizens not to panic because it had enough COVID-19 vaccines for those needing a second shot after some centres ran out of doses this week and turned people away. The southern African nation, which aims to vaccinate 10 million people by the end of the year, has to date received just over 1.735 million doses from Sinopharm, Sinovac and Covaxin. Some 684,164 people have received a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while another 364,240 got their second shot. Agnes Mahomva, the national coordinator on government's response to COVID-19, told state broadcaster ZBC that just over…
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WHO approves Sinovac COVID shot in second Chinese milestone

WHO approves Sinovac COVID shot in second Chinese milestone

STEPHANIE NEBEHAY THE World Health Organization (WHO) has approved a COVID-19 vaccine made by Sinovac Biotech for emergency use listing, paving the way for a second Chinese shot to be used in poor countries. A WHO emergency listing is a signal to national regulators of a product's safety and efficacy and will allow the Sinovac shot to be included in COVAX, the global programme providing vaccines mainly for poor countries, which faces major supply problems due to curbs on Indian exports. The WHO's independent panel of experts said in a statement it recommended Sinovac's vaccine for adults over 18. There…
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