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WHO Says $700 Million Raised So Far For COVID-19 Vaccines Initiative For Poor

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Africa regional director for the WHO, Matshidiso Moeti

The World Health Organization says international donors have raised 700 million dollars to purchase future Coronavirus vaccines for poor countries in a global initiative to ensure eventual vaccines do not go only to rich countries.

A W.H.O. official said on Thursday, that amount is less than half the initial target of 2 billion dollars.

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Africa regional director for the WHO, Matshidiso Moeti told an online press briefing that, there is a great deal of work to be done to diversify the possible sources of funding. Moeti said at least eight African countries, including South Africa, Gabon, Namibia and Equatorial Guinea had agreed to self-finance access to the vaccine.

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The world initiative towards vaccine- COVAX is co-led by the Gavi vaccine alliance, the WHO and the CEPI coalition for epidemic preparedness innovations. Its aim is to deliver 2 billion doses of effective, approved COVID-19 vaccines by the end of 2021.

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Last month, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said the continent had started to slowly “bend the curve” of COVID-19 infections as measures like mask-wearing and social distancing slow the spread of the pandemic.

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Sierra Leone’s Former President Ordered To Appear Before Anti-Graft Commission

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Former Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma Ordered to Appear Before Anti-Graft Commission

Sierra Leone’s former president Ernest Bai Koroma must appear before an anti-graft commission Monday to answer questions about alleged corruption during his 2007-2018 tenure.

Koroma has previously denied any wrongdoing, calling the move a witch hunt, he said the allegations of corruption involving mining, construction and procurement contracts are “without merit and are a politically motivated charade calculated to impugn my hard-earned reputation”.

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As consequence, Ugandan government has imposed a travel ban on Koroma and more than 100 other officials, including Koroma’s former vice president, Victor Bockarie Foh.

A judicial probe had accused them of unlawfully enriching themselves during his just over a decade tenure.

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On Wednesday, Reuters reported that the All People’s Congress party, which Koroma still leads, is planning to appeal the action against him.

Koroma in a statement has said he had served the country “diligently, fairly and with honour and integrity” saying that he was known for his fight against corruption.

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Coronavirus: Uganda Reopens Borders For Passengers

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Coronavirus: Uganda Reopens Borders For Passengers

Uganda has called for strict compliance with COVID-19 travel protocols as it reopened its international borders for the first time since March.

The country had earlier closed its borders to passenger travel as a control measure to fight the coronavirus pandemic which has now infected more than 8,000 and killed 75 in the country.

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On Thursday morning, the national carrier, Uganda Airlines ran its regional flights to Nairobi, Kenya, and Mogadishu, Somalia, as scheduled.

Other international airlines have also been landing and taking off.

To avoid self-isolation, travellers coming into Uganda will be required to present a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of their departure.

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But if someone arrives without a test certificate, a sample will be taken and they will be made to quarantine at their own cost as they await results.

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Authorities at the airport are encouraging passengers to use self-service booths where available to minimize contact and also advised out-bound travellers to be at the airport at least four hours before scheduled departure.

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WHO To Probe ‘Sexual Exploitation’ By Aid Workers In DR Congo

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WHO To Probe 'Sexual Exploitation' By Aid Workers In DR Congo

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that it had opened an investigation into claims of alleged sexual exploitation and abuse in the context of the Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

The actions were allegedly perpetrated by individuals identifying themselves as working for W.H.O. during the epidemic.

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WHO says “anyone identified as being involved will be held to account and face serious consequences, including immediate dismissal.

Its statements comes after more than 50 women accused aid workers from the W.H.O. and leading NGOs of sexual exploitation and abuse – including offering sex in exchange for a job.

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The investigation was published by the humanitarian news agency (TNH).

Early June 2020, DRC declared an Ebola outbreak, making it the country’s eleventh in just over 40 years.

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The previous outbreak caused 2,287 deaths and 3,470 cases between august 2018 and June 2020.

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