Vaccine-starved Palestinian authority is receiving some sixty thousand coronavirus vaccine doses through the largesse of the world health organization Covax initiative that helps less privileged countries.
The doses will only be enough to inoculate 30,000 Palestinians out of a population of nearly five million.
Palestinian health ministry spokesman, Kamal Al-Shakbra, says the shipment will comprise of 38,000 Pfizer and 24,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses. He says the authority will keep the AstraZeneca doses in storage as a precautionary measure while the World Health Organization reviews safety concerns about the vaccine.
The Palestinian authority had earlier received two thousand doses from Israel and also sourced for ten thousand jabs of the Russian sputnik V vaccine.
Contrary to earlier criticism that it gave its limited supply of jabs to its senior officials, their security details and the soccer team, the health ministry said more than 90 percent of its doses were given to front-line health workers.
After Israel’s stand that the Palestinian authority has the responsibility to inoculate people under its control, it recently vaccinated some one hundred thousand Palestinians from the west bank who work in Israel and Jewish settlements.
Israel captured the west bank during the 1967 war, and health experts are warning the nation could endanger its own coronavirus efforts if Palestinians, living in close proximity to Israeli population centers, are not vaccinated.
India: Delhi Announces Lockdown As COVID Cases Surge
India’s capital city, Delhi, has announced a week-long lockdown effective today, Monday, after the city recorded a spike in number of infections that has now overwhelmed the city’s healthcare system.
Government offices and essential services, such as hospitals, pharmacies and grocers, are open during the lockdown.
Delhi recorded nearly twenty-five hundred cases of the coronavirus infections on Sunday alone.
India has been reeling from a deadly second wave since early April causing a shortage of hospital beds and oxygen supplies.
India has the fourth highest number of deaths after the United States, Brazil and Mexico – though, among a population of nearly one and a half billion.
Delhi state’s chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal says the healthcare system is at a breaking point, and if a lockdown is not put in place now, the country will be looking at a bigger disaster.
NCDC Confirms 26 New COVID-19 Cases
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control says 26 new cases of covid-19 have been recorded in the country bringing the total number of infections in Nigeria to 164,233.
The data shown on its official twitter handle on Sunday say the new cases were registered in five states including, Ebonyi 10 cases, Kano-Two, Lagos nine, Osun-two Oyo-one and the Federal Capital Territory-FCT two cases.
So far, more than 154,000 persons have recovered from covid-19 and discharged from hospitals since the pandemic was reported in 2020.
NCDC has advised Nigerians to take responsibility to protect themselves, loved ones, customers, employees and society by disinfecting surfaces in their homes, shops and offices regularly to prevent the spread of infectious diseases in their communities.
Africa CDC Laments COVID-19 Vaccines Delay
Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) is in a dilemma over how the continent is going to continue coronavirus vaccination campaign. The CDC says it cannot predict when second covid-19 vaccines will arrive because deliveries are delayed,
The head of the Africa CDC John Nkengasong said on Thursday, many Africans who have received their first covid-19 vaccine do not know when they will get a second shot.
Africa CDC report shows Africa lags behind most other regions in covid-19 vaccinations, with just less than 14 million doses having been administered on the continent of 1.3 billion.
So far, the majority of the vaccines available in African countries have been delivered via the world health organization-backed Covax facility. Covax aims to deliver 600 million shots to some 40 African countries this year, enough to vaccinate 20% of their populations.
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