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Africa must produce its own vaccines (Landry Signé, Brookings)

During the pandemic, wealthy countries led the way in rapidly developing and producing COVID-19 vaccines. The same countries then bought up and administered those vaccines to their own populations, and have even ordered boosters for already-vaccinated people. Meanwhile, many developing countries have not been able to deliver even one dose to most of their populations.

Africa must produce its own vaccines (brookings.edu)

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Vaccines – How to Build Trust in Vaccines: Understanding the drivers of vaccine confidence (WEF)

Low vaccine confidence is one of the world’s most pressing public health problems. While it has been a challenge since the first vaccines were invented, in the 21st century, the public discourse about vaccines has moved online bringing new challenges and opportunities. This paper explores online communication about vaccines in the last six months, offering insights into how positive, and negative, messages spread. The data analysis was conducted by NetBase Quid, an analytics platform, with additional input from the Vaccine Confidence Project at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

https://www.weforum.org/reports/how-to-build-trust-in-vaccines-understanding-the-drivers-of-vaccine-confidence

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How drones can help get vaccines to where they are needed most (WEF)

Project Lead, Fourth Industrial Revolution for Health, India, World Economic Forum, C4IR India
Head of Aerospace and Drones, World Economic Forum
  • India’s Universal Immunization Program is one of the largest in the world, but vaccine logistics remain a challenge.
  • The Medicine from the Sky Project will launch drone delivery pilots in the next few months to bring vaccines to India’s more remote populations
  • Technologies like drones could play a key role in realising Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/04/india-s-covid-19-crisis-how-drones-can-deliver-vaccines/

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(Pandemic/Vaccines) How COVID-19 vaccine efforts could help defeat other diseases (WEF)

A proposed way of immunizing against malaria uses an RNA-based approach similar to COVID-19 vaccines.

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/03/how-covid-19-vaccine-development-could-boost-efforts-to-defeat-other-diseases/

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(Pandemic/Vaccines) Reinforcing Rights Can Help Avert Failure on Covid-19 Vaccines (HRW)

Margaret Wurth, Aruna Kashyap

The warnings about vaccine nationalism started early.

https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/03/04/reinforcing-rights-can-help-avert-failure-covid-19-vaccines

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(WHO/Pandemic/Vaccines) WHO Chief Tells Rich Nations: ‘Don’t Undermine COVAX’ (VoA)

World Health Organization (WHO) Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Monday said some of the world’s wealthiest nations are hampering efforts by his agency and its partners to get vaccines to world’s poorest nations.

https://www.voanews.com/covid-19-pandemic/who-chief-tells-rich-nations-dont-undermine-covax

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(Vaccines/Black Market) Covid-19 vaccines hit the black market (The Strategist)

As the global rollout of vaccines against Covid-19 gathers pace, there are already reports of a vibrant black market for the various vaccine candidates. A black market usually springs up fairly quickly when there’s a shortage of an item and people are prepared to pay substantial sums to obtain it. With Covid-19, there’s the added incentive for buyers of avoiding death or serious illness.

Covid-19 vaccines hit the black market

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(Nigeria/Pandemic/Vaccines) Nigeria warns against fake COVID vaccines (Al Jazeera)

Nigerian authorities have warned against fake coronavirus vaccines in the country where 10 million real doses of the shots are expected to arrive in March.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/1/15/nigeria-warns-against-fake-vaccines-as-10-mn-doses-expected

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(Africa/Pandemic/Vaccines) COVID vaccines in Africa to be allocated by population

Millions of coronavirus vaccine doses secured by the African Union (AU) will be allocated according to countries’ populations, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/1/15/african-union-vaccines-to-be-allocated-according-to-population

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