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  •   CAPE TOWN South Africa September 20 2021 APO Group On September 17 2021 the Indonesian Consul General to Cape Town and the Coordinator of Protocol and Consular Functions II along with staff carried out life skills activities around the Cape Town port The Indonesian sailors who were working on the South Korean and Japanese ships were surprised by the arrival of the Indonesian Consulate General in Cape Town because this was the first time they had met the Consul General they were happy with the Consul General s visit and were also able to convey their aspirations and complaints while they were working on the ship This activity was closed with a visit to several hotels in downtown Cape Town where several Indonesian sailors were carrying out isoman due to Covid 19
    The Visit of the Indonesian Consul General to Cape Town at The Cape Town Port for Life Skills Activities
      CAPE TOWN South Africa September 20 2021 APO Group On September 17 2021 the Indonesian Consul General to Cape Town and the Coordinator of Protocol and Consular Functions II along with staff carried out life skills activities around the Cape Town port The Indonesian sailors who were working on the South Korean and Japanese ships were surprised by the arrival of the Indonesian Consulate General in Cape Town because this was the first time they had met the Consul General they were happy with the Consul General s visit and were also able to convey their aspirations and complaints while they were working on the ship This activity was closed with a visit to several hotels in downtown Cape Town where several Indonesian sailors were carrying out isoman due to Covid 19
    The Visit of the Indonesian Consul General to Cape Town at The Cape Town Port for Life Skills Activities
    Africa1 year ago

    The Visit of the Indonesian Consul General to Cape Town at The Cape Town Port for Life Skills Activities

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa, September 20, 2021/APO Group/ --

    On September 17, 2021, the Indonesian Consul General to Cape Town and the Coordinator of Protocol and Consular Functions II along with staff carried out life skills activities around the Cape Town port.

    The Indonesian sailors who were working on the South Korean and Japanese ships were surprised by the arrival of the Indonesian Consulate General in Cape Town because this was the first time they had met the Consul General, they were happy with the Consul General's visit and were also able to convey their aspirations and complaints while they were working on the ship

    This activity was closed with a visit to several hotels in downtown Cape Town, where several Indonesian sailors were carrying out isoman due to Covid-19.​

  •   Between June 5 and July 26 2021 Rugby Africa was able to conclude 23 international rugby matches in 5 different African countries CAPE TOWN South Africa September 20 2021 APO Group Following a call for applications launched to all African member federations of World Rugby as well as to France 2023 the Rugby Africa www RugbyAfrique com commissions have reviewed the submissions in the light of very precise criteria to evaluate the offers and enable Rugby Africa s Executive Committee to choose the host country of the Rugby Africa Cup 2022 Through a voting process the candidacy of France 2023 was eventually selected The well being health and safety of the players remained at the heart of the priorities France 2023 in charge of organising Rugby World Cup 2023 promises to host a tournament of the highest international standards whether it is the match stadium hotels security measures health standards relating to Covid 19 or medical infrastructure available With a long tradition of hosting Rugby Africa tournaments and activities France and Rugby Africa are already in a close collaboration process which will provide the 8 competing teams with an exceptional tournament and ideal hosting conditions to concentrate on a single goal win the final match and qualify directly for Rugby World Cup 2023 which will also take place in France The winner will meet hosts France New Zealand Italy and the Americas 1 qualifier in Pool A The knockout tournament will take place in the first half of July with four colorful quarter finals that were determined at the end of the group stage of the Rugby Africa Cup 2021 Thus the four group winners Namibia Senegal Uganda and Zimbabwe will meet respectively with Burkina Faso Algeria Kenya and C te d Ivoire The semi finals will follow and the long awaited final Ranking matches will also be played The runner up will have to make do with a place in the Final Qualification Tournament to make one final attempt to qualify for Rugby World Cup 2023 Fans will be able to follow the tournament on social networks and live and in the stadium if the regulations in force in July 2022 allow it Claude Atcher CEO of France 2023 We are delighted to welcome the eight best African teams for this qualification tournament with a double objective To highlight the work carried out by all federations for years as well as the level of sports of the qualified teams and engage our territories in a pre celebration of the Rugby World Cup Khaled BABBOU Rugby Africa President France is a great rugby nation and France 2023 will be able to highlight Rugby Africa s most important tournament to date Indeed these qualifications bring together 8 teams for the first time It is a major tournament which promises a high quality show and which is now attracting the attention of the sports world outside African borders We look forward to being able to show the world fans from all continents the progress and quality of African rugby I would like to thank France 2023 for his support as well as all the organisations that responded to the call for applications and in particular the Kenyan rugby federation the Zimbabwean rugby federation and the Namibian rugby federation which regularly organise other major tournaments for Rugby Africa brilliantly Andrew OWOR Rugby Africa Vice President Between June 5 and July 26 2021 Rugby Africa was able to conclude 23 international rugby matches in 5 different African countries Despite the logistical financial and regulatory challenges posed by the pandemic the teams were able to travel and play their matches in complete safety African rugby is determined to move forward
    The African Qualifiers for Rugby World Cup 2023 will be played in France in July 2022
      Between June 5 and July 26 2021 Rugby Africa was able to conclude 23 international rugby matches in 5 different African countries CAPE TOWN South Africa September 20 2021 APO Group Following a call for applications launched to all African member federations of World Rugby as well as to France 2023 the Rugby Africa www RugbyAfrique com commissions have reviewed the submissions in the light of very precise criteria to evaluate the offers and enable Rugby Africa s Executive Committee to choose the host country of the Rugby Africa Cup 2022 Through a voting process the candidacy of France 2023 was eventually selected The well being health and safety of the players remained at the heart of the priorities France 2023 in charge of organising Rugby World Cup 2023 promises to host a tournament of the highest international standards whether it is the match stadium hotels security measures health standards relating to Covid 19 or medical infrastructure available With a long tradition of hosting Rugby Africa tournaments and activities France and Rugby Africa are already in a close collaboration process which will provide the 8 competing teams with an exceptional tournament and ideal hosting conditions to concentrate on a single goal win the final match and qualify directly for Rugby World Cup 2023 which will also take place in France The winner will meet hosts France New Zealand Italy and the Americas 1 qualifier in Pool A The knockout tournament will take place in the first half of July with four colorful quarter finals that were determined at the end of the group stage of the Rugby Africa Cup 2021 Thus the four group winners Namibia Senegal Uganda and Zimbabwe will meet respectively with Burkina Faso Algeria Kenya and C te d Ivoire The semi finals will follow and the long awaited final Ranking matches will also be played The runner up will have to make do with a place in the Final Qualification Tournament to make one final attempt to qualify for Rugby World Cup 2023 Fans will be able to follow the tournament on social networks and live and in the stadium if the regulations in force in July 2022 allow it Claude Atcher CEO of France 2023 We are delighted to welcome the eight best African teams for this qualification tournament with a double objective To highlight the work carried out by all federations for years as well as the level of sports of the qualified teams and engage our territories in a pre celebration of the Rugby World Cup Khaled BABBOU Rugby Africa President France is a great rugby nation and France 2023 will be able to highlight Rugby Africa s most important tournament to date Indeed these qualifications bring together 8 teams for the first time It is a major tournament which promises a high quality show and which is now attracting the attention of the sports world outside African borders We look forward to being able to show the world fans from all continents the progress and quality of African rugby I would like to thank France 2023 for his support as well as all the organisations that responded to the call for applications and in particular the Kenyan rugby federation the Zimbabwean rugby federation and the Namibian rugby federation which regularly organise other major tournaments for Rugby Africa brilliantly Andrew OWOR Rugby Africa Vice President Between June 5 and July 26 2021 Rugby Africa was able to conclude 23 international rugby matches in 5 different African countries Despite the logistical financial and regulatory challenges posed by the pandemic the teams were able to travel and play their matches in complete safety African rugby is determined to move forward
    The African Qualifiers for Rugby World Cup 2023 will be played in France in July 2022
    Africa1 year ago

    The African Qualifiers for Rugby World Cup 2023 will be played in France in July 2022

    Between June 5 and July 26, 2021, Rugby Africa was able to conclude 23 international rugby matches in 5 different African countries

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa, September 20, 2021/APO Group/ --

    Following a call for applications launched to all African member federations of World Rugby as well as to France 2023, the Rugby Africa (www.RugbyAfrique.com) commissions have reviewed the submissions in the light of very precise criteria to evaluate the offers and enable Rugby Africa’s Executive Committee to choose the host country of the Rugby Africa Cup 2022. Through a voting process, the candidacy of France 2023 was eventually selected.

    The well-being, health and safety of the players remained at the heart of the priorities. France 2023 (in charge of organising Rugby World Cup 2023) promises to host a tournament of the highest international standards, whether it is the match stadium, hotels, security measures, health standards relating to Covid-19 or medical infrastructure available.

    With a long tradition of hosting Rugby Africa tournaments and activities, France and Rugby Africa are already in a close collaboration process which will provide the 8 competing teams with an exceptional tournament and ideal hosting conditions to concentrate on a single goal, win the final match and qualify directly for Rugby World Cup 2023 which will also take place in France. The winner will meet hosts France, New Zealand, Italy and the Americas 1 qualifier in Pool A.

    The knockout tournament will take place in the first half of July  with four colorful quarter-finals that were determined at the end of the group stage of the Rugby Africa Cup 2021. Thus, the four group winners Namibia, Senegal, Uganda and Zimbabwe will meet respectively with Burkina Faso, Algeria, Kenya and Côte d'Ivoire. The semi-finals will follow and the long-awaited final. Ranking matches will also be played.

    The runner-up will have to make do with a place in the Final Qualification Tournament to make one final attempt to qualify for Rugby World Cup 2023.

    Fans will be able to follow the tournament on social networks and live and in the stadium if the regulations in force in July 2022 allow it.

    Claude Atcher, CEO of France 2023: “We are delighted to welcome the eight best African teams for this qualification tournament, with a double objective: To highlight the work carried out by all federations for years as well as the level of sports of the qualified teams, and engage our territories in a pre-celebration of the Rugby World Cup.”

    Khaled BABBOU, Rugby Africa President: “France is a great rugby nation, and France 2023 will be able to highlight Rugby Africa's most important tournament to date. Indeed, these qualifications bring together 8 teams for the first time. It is a major tournament which promises a high-quality show and which is now attracting the attention of the sports world outside African borders. We look forward to being able to show the world, fans from all continents, the progress and quality of African rugby. I would like to thank France 2023 for his support as well as all the organisations that responded to the call for applications and in particular the Kenyan rugby federation, the Zimbabwean rugby federation and the Namibian rugby federation which regularly organise other major tournaments for Rugby Africa brilliantly."

     Andrew OWOR, Rugby Africa Vice-President: “Between June 5 and July 26, 2021, Rugby Africa was able to conclude 23 international rugby matches in 5 different African countries. Despite the logistical, financial and regulatory challenges posed by the pandemic, the teams were able to travel and play their matches in complete safety. African rugby is determined to move forward."

  •   We aim to further accelerate our presence across the continent through both new build and conversions CAPE TOWN South Africa September 20 2021 APO Group Radisson Hotel Group www RadissonHotels com one of the world s leading hotel groups is proud to announce a hotel expansion record in Africa with 13 signings to date translating to a new hotel signed every 20 days The Group s expansion drive adding 2 500 rooms to its African portfolio includes the announcement of nine hotels in Morocco the Group s debut in Djibouti and the introduction of the Radisson Individuals brand in Africa Adding to this expansion milestone the Group has also opened five hotels to date this year including Africa s second Radisson RED in South Africa and four Radisson Blu resort offerings in Morocco With additional hotel signings and a further three openings in Africa expected before year end Radisson Hotel Group remains prudently optimistic regarding the business recovery within the last quarter of 2021 The Group s aggressive expansion places them firmly on track to boost the current African portfolio of almost 100 hotels currently in operation and under development to its ambition of 150 hotels by 2025 As part of the expansion strategy the Group has put forward growth priorities across key markets such as Morocco Egypt and South Africa From a single hotel in Africa 20 years ago Radisson Hotel Group s current African portfolio of almost 100 hotels in operation and under development is located in more than 30 countries across the continent cementing the Group s leading position as the hotel company with the largest active presence in the most countries across Africa The 13 signings reinforcing the Group s expansion strategy have secured a record growth in Morocco with an additional nine hotels comprising of two hotels in Casablanca including the debut of the Radisson brand with the Radisson Hotel Casablanca Gauthier La Citadelle and the recent partnership established with Mada f which translates to seven additional hotels across key leisure destinations in the country The group has also announced the launch of their first project the Earl Heights Suite Hotel a member of Radisson Individuals in Accra Ghana joining their new affiliation brand their market entry in Victory Falls with the introduction of Radisson Blu Resort Mosi Oa Tunya Livingstone as well as another new entry with Radisson Hotel Djibouti The most recent announcement was the Radisson Hotel Middleburg which further complements the Group s presence across South Africa These hotel signings equate to almost 2 500 rooms most of which are in the Group s core focus countries especially across Morocco with the remainder reinforcing their presence in cluster markets or entering into new territories Ramsay Rankoussi Vice President Development Africa amp Turkey at Radisson Hotel Group said For the remainder of the year we will continue to build on the success and momentum we ve had thus far with a continued focus on our identified key markets specifically Morocco Egypt Nigeria and South Africa We aim to further accelerate our presence across the continent through both new build and conversions especially post pandemic as there is less liquidity for newer developments We therefore seek to form wider partnerships and strategic ventures with local or regional chains and forge ahead with our city scale and critical mass strategy The execution of our strategy with clear priorities will equally support in achieving positive economic efficiencies and synergies operationally across all our existing and future hotels further unlocking value to our owners We have also demonstrated the relevant flexibility in addressing the current investment climate by providing not only tailored solutions to every project but also rationalizing our relationships with our investors to assess the best timings in terms of openings and the right budget allocation in terms of segment space program and development cost Africa is mainly led by business hotels but with the recent signings we have expanded our leisure offerings and serviced apartments which has not only proven resilient during COVID 19 but is also fueling a faster recovery Our ambitions are driven by creating critical mass in each of our identified focus markets but also ensuring market proximity These regions are sub divided based on priorities focus and potential scale Despite the current situation and supporting our robust expansion strategy our teams are working tirelessly to realize the pipeline with eight hotel openings in Africa this year We have already opened five hotels consisting of four of the seven hotels we ve just announced in Morocco which consist of resorts and residences as well the opening of Africa s second Radisson RED hotel in Rosebank The remaining three hotels all due to open before year end represent our debut in Madagascar with a portfolio of three hotels Building on the success of the Group s five year expansion and transformation plan Radisson Hotel Group is ready for the rebound of travel and remains firmly committed to becoming the brand of choice for owners partners and guests
    Radisson Hotel Group announces a record year in Africa, with 13 hotels and 2,500 rooms signed to date
      We aim to further accelerate our presence across the continent through both new build and conversions CAPE TOWN South Africa September 20 2021 APO Group Radisson Hotel Group www RadissonHotels com one of the world s leading hotel groups is proud to announce a hotel expansion record in Africa with 13 signings to date translating to a new hotel signed every 20 days The Group s expansion drive adding 2 500 rooms to its African portfolio includes the announcement of nine hotels in Morocco the Group s debut in Djibouti and the introduction of the Radisson Individuals brand in Africa Adding to this expansion milestone the Group has also opened five hotels to date this year including Africa s second Radisson RED in South Africa and four Radisson Blu resort offerings in Morocco With additional hotel signings and a further three openings in Africa expected before year end Radisson Hotel Group remains prudently optimistic regarding the business recovery within the last quarter of 2021 The Group s aggressive expansion places them firmly on track to boost the current African portfolio of almost 100 hotels currently in operation and under development to its ambition of 150 hotels by 2025 As part of the expansion strategy the Group has put forward growth priorities across key markets such as Morocco Egypt and South Africa From a single hotel in Africa 20 years ago Radisson Hotel Group s current African portfolio of almost 100 hotels in operation and under development is located in more than 30 countries across the continent cementing the Group s leading position as the hotel company with the largest active presence in the most countries across Africa The 13 signings reinforcing the Group s expansion strategy have secured a record growth in Morocco with an additional nine hotels comprising of two hotels in Casablanca including the debut of the Radisson brand with the Radisson Hotel Casablanca Gauthier La Citadelle and the recent partnership established with Mada f which translates to seven additional hotels across key leisure destinations in the country The group has also announced the launch of their first project the Earl Heights Suite Hotel a member of Radisson Individuals in Accra Ghana joining their new affiliation brand their market entry in Victory Falls with the introduction of Radisson Blu Resort Mosi Oa Tunya Livingstone as well as another new entry with Radisson Hotel Djibouti The most recent announcement was the Radisson Hotel Middleburg which further complements the Group s presence across South Africa These hotel signings equate to almost 2 500 rooms most of which are in the Group s core focus countries especially across Morocco with the remainder reinforcing their presence in cluster markets or entering into new territories Ramsay Rankoussi Vice President Development Africa amp Turkey at Radisson Hotel Group said For the remainder of the year we will continue to build on the success and momentum we ve had thus far with a continued focus on our identified key markets specifically Morocco Egypt Nigeria and South Africa We aim to further accelerate our presence across the continent through both new build and conversions especially post pandemic as there is less liquidity for newer developments We therefore seek to form wider partnerships and strategic ventures with local or regional chains and forge ahead with our city scale and critical mass strategy The execution of our strategy with clear priorities will equally support in achieving positive economic efficiencies and synergies operationally across all our existing and future hotels further unlocking value to our owners We have also demonstrated the relevant flexibility in addressing the current investment climate by providing not only tailored solutions to every project but also rationalizing our relationships with our investors to assess the best timings in terms of openings and the right budget allocation in terms of segment space program and development cost Africa is mainly led by business hotels but with the recent signings we have expanded our leisure offerings and serviced apartments which has not only proven resilient during COVID 19 but is also fueling a faster recovery Our ambitions are driven by creating critical mass in each of our identified focus markets but also ensuring market proximity These regions are sub divided based on priorities focus and potential scale Despite the current situation and supporting our robust expansion strategy our teams are working tirelessly to realize the pipeline with eight hotel openings in Africa this year We have already opened five hotels consisting of four of the seven hotels we ve just announced in Morocco which consist of resorts and residences as well the opening of Africa s second Radisson RED hotel in Rosebank The remaining three hotels all due to open before year end represent our debut in Madagascar with a portfolio of three hotels Building on the success of the Group s five year expansion and transformation plan Radisson Hotel Group is ready for the rebound of travel and remains firmly committed to becoming the brand of choice for owners partners and guests
    Radisson Hotel Group announces a record year in Africa, with 13 hotels and 2,500 rooms signed to date
    Africa1 year ago

    Radisson Hotel Group announces a record year in Africa, with 13 hotels and 2,500 rooms signed to date

    We aim to further accelerate our presence across the continent through both new build and conversions

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa, September 20, 2021/APO Group/ --

    Radisson Hotel Group (www.RadissonHotels.com), one of the world’s leading hotel groups, is proud to announce a hotel expansion record in Africa with 13 signings to date, translating to a new hotel signed every 20 days. The Group’s expansion drive, adding 2,500 rooms to its African portfolio, includes the announcement of nine hotels in Morocco, the Group’s debut in Djibouti and the introduction of the Radisson Individuals brand in Africa. Adding to this expansion milestone, the Group has also opened five hotels to date this year, including Africa’s second Radisson RED in South Africa and four Radisson Blu resort offerings in Morocco.

    With additional hotel signings and a further three openings in Africa expected before year end, Radisson Hotel Group remains prudently optimistic regarding the business recovery within the last quarter of 2021. The Group’s aggressive expansion places them firmly on track to boost the current African portfolio of almost 100 hotels currently in operation and under development to its ambition of 150 hotels by 2025. As part of the expansion strategy, the Group has put forward growth priorities across key markets such as Morocco, Egypt and South Africa.

    From a single hotel in Africa 20 years ago, Radisson Hotel Group’s current African portfolio of almost 100 hotels in operation and under development is located in more than 30 countries across the continent, cementing the Group’s leading position as the hotel company with the largest active presence in the most countries across Africa.

    The 13 signings, reinforcing the Group’s expansion strategy, have secured a record growth in Morocco with an additional nine hotels, comprising of two hotels in Casablanca, including the debut of the Radisson brand with the Radisson Hotel Casablanca Gauthier La Citadelle and the recent partnership established with Madaëf which translates to seven additional hotels across key leisure destinations in the country. The group has also announced the launch of their first project, the Earl Heights Suite Hotel, a member of Radisson Individuals in Accra, Ghana joining their new affiliation brand; their market entry in Victory Falls with the introduction of Radisson Blu Resort Mosi-Oa-Tunya Livingstone as well as another new entry with Radisson Hotel Djibouti. The most recent announcement was the Radisson Hotel Middleburg which further complements the Group’s presence across South Africa.

    These hotel signings equate to almost 2,500 rooms, most of which are in the Group’s core focus countries, especially across Morocco, with the remainder reinforcing their presence in cluster markets or entering into new territories.

    Ramsay Rankoussi, Vice President, Development, Africa & Turkey at Radisson Hotel Group, said: “For the remainder of the year, we will continue to build on the success and momentum we’ve had thus far, with a continued focus on our identified key markets, specifically Morocco, Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa. We aim to further accelerate our presence across the continent through both new build and conversions, especially post-pandemic, as there is less liquidity for newer developments. We therefore seek to form wider partnerships and strategic ventures with local or regional chains and forge ahead with our city scale and critical mass strategy. The execution of our strategy with clear priorities will equally support in achieving positive economic efficiencies and synergies operationally across all our existing and future hotels, further unlocking value to our owners. We have also demonstrated the relevant flexibility in addressing the current investment climate by providing not only tailored solutions to every project but also rationalizing our relationships with our investors to assess the best timings in terms of openings and the right budget allocation in terms of segment, space program and development cost.

    “Africa is mainly led by business hotels, but with the recent signings, we have expanded our leisure offerings and serviced apartments which has not only proven resilient during COVID-19 but is also fueling a faster recovery. Our ambitions are driven by creating critical mass in each of our identified focus markets but also ensuring market proximity. These regions are sub divided based on priorities, focus and potential scale.”

    “Despite the current situation and supporting our robust expansion strategy, our teams are working tirelessly to realize the pipeline, with eight hotel openings in Africa this year. We have already opened five hotels, consisting of four of the seven hotels we’ve just announced in Morocco, which consist of resorts and residences as well the opening of Africa’s second Radisson RED hotel in Rosebank. The remaining three hotels, all due to open before year-end, represent our debut in Madagascar with a portfolio of three hotels.”

    Building on the success of the Group’s five-year expansion and transformation plan, Radisson Hotel Group is ready for the rebound of travel and remains firmly committed to becoming the brand of choice for owners, partners, and guests.

  •   Countries with enough doses should give up their places in the manufacturing queue for COVAX CAPE TOWN South Africa September 18 2021 APO Group African countries have in the past week administered four times as many COVID 19 vaccines as they have in the past three to four weeks This is according to World Health Organisation WHO Africa Regional Director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti She said the increase in vaccinations is due to fast tracked delivery of those doses I am encouraged that when deliveries pick up as they have after a new standstill for months African countries show the resolve to keep the vaccine roll outs moving Last week 13 million doses were administered in Africa up from a weekly average of three to four million in the previous weeks she said Dr Moeti added that she expects at least 470 million doses to be delivered to African countries via the COVAX facility by December this year She said although this remains encouraging the doses would only be enough to vaccinate 17 of Africans with at least double that amount needed to reach 40 of the population Africa still remains behind the rest of the world in vaccinations administered with only 3 6 of the continent s population fully vaccinated Export bans and vaccine hoarding still have a chokehold on the lifeline of vaccine supplies to Africa As long as wealthy countries lock COVAX and the African Union out of the market Africa will miss its vaccination goals The huge gap in vaccine equity is not closing anywhere near fast enough It is time for vaccine manufacturing countries to open the gates and help protect those facing the greatest risk she said Speaking on the issue of the administration of booster doses of the vaccines Dr Moeti said that scientists had not yet reached a full conclusion on the issue Current evidence suggests that third doses should be given only to people facing a high risk of severe illness and dying despite being fully vaccinated particularly those with compromised immune systems For now with so many people around the world yet to receive a single dose of COVID 19 vaccine fully vaccinated and healthy people should not be given a booster dose she said The regional director once again called on countries with doses exceeding their needs to share with countries in need The huge gap in vaccine equity is not closing anywhere near fast enough The quickest way to end this pandemic is for countries with reserves to release their doses so that other countries can buy them Countries with enough doses should give up their places in the manufacturing queue for COVAX she said
    Coronavirus: Vaccinations Ramp up in Africa
      Countries with enough doses should give up their places in the manufacturing queue for COVAX CAPE TOWN South Africa September 18 2021 APO Group African countries have in the past week administered four times as many COVID 19 vaccines as they have in the past three to four weeks This is according to World Health Organisation WHO Africa Regional Director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti She said the increase in vaccinations is due to fast tracked delivery of those doses I am encouraged that when deliveries pick up as they have after a new standstill for months African countries show the resolve to keep the vaccine roll outs moving Last week 13 million doses were administered in Africa up from a weekly average of three to four million in the previous weeks she said Dr Moeti added that she expects at least 470 million doses to be delivered to African countries via the COVAX facility by December this year She said although this remains encouraging the doses would only be enough to vaccinate 17 of Africans with at least double that amount needed to reach 40 of the population Africa still remains behind the rest of the world in vaccinations administered with only 3 6 of the continent s population fully vaccinated Export bans and vaccine hoarding still have a chokehold on the lifeline of vaccine supplies to Africa As long as wealthy countries lock COVAX and the African Union out of the market Africa will miss its vaccination goals The huge gap in vaccine equity is not closing anywhere near fast enough It is time for vaccine manufacturing countries to open the gates and help protect those facing the greatest risk she said Speaking on the issue of the administration of booster doses of the vaccines Dr Moeti said that scientists had not yet reached a full conclusion on the issue Current evidence suggests that third doses should be given only to people facing a high risk of severe illness and dying despite being fully vaccinated particularly those with compromised immune systems For now with so many people around the world yet to receive a single dose of COVID 19 vaccine fully vaccinated and healthy people should not be given a booster dose she said The regional director once again called on countries with doses exceeding their needs to share with countries in need The huge gap in vaccine equity is not closing anywhere near fast enough The quickest way to end this pandemic is for countries with reserves to release their doses so that other countries can buy them Countries with enough doses should give up their places in the manufacturing queue for COVAX she said
    Coronavirus: Vaccinations Ramp up in Africa
    Africa1 year ago

    Coronavirus: Vaccinations Ramp up in Africa

    Countries with enough doses should give up their places in the manufacturing queue for COVAX

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa, September 18, 2021/APO Group/ --

    African countries have – in the past week – administered four times as many COVID-19 vaccines as they have in the past three to four weeks.

    This is according to World Health Organisation (WHO) Africa Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti.

    She said the increase in vaccinations is due to fast tracked delivery of those doses.

    “I am encouraged that when deliveries pick up – as they have after a new standstill for months – African countries show the resolve to keep the vaccine roll outs moving. Last week, 13 million doses were administered in Africa up from a weekly average of three to four million in the previous weeks,” she said.

    Dr Moeti added that she expects at least 470 million doses to be delivered to African countries via the COVAX facility by December this year.

    She said although this remains encouraging, the doses would only be enough to vaccinate 17% of Africans with at least double that amount needed to reach 40% of the population.

    Africa still remains behind the rest of the world in vaccinations administered with only 3.6% of the continent’s population fully vaccinated.

    “Export bans and vaccine hoarding still have a chokehold on the lifeline of vaccine supplies to Africa. As long as wealthy countries lock COVAX and the African Union out of the market, Africa will miss its vaccination goals. The huge gap in vaccine equity is not closing anywhere near fast enough. It is time for vaccine manufacturing countries to open the gates and help protect those facing the greatest risk,” she said.

    Speaking on the issue of the administration of booster doses of the vaccines, Dr Moeti said that scientists had not yet reached a full conclusion on the issue.

    “Current evidence suggests that third doses should be given only to people facing a high risk of severe illness and dying despite being fully vaccinated particularly those with compromised immune systems. For now, with so many people around the world yet to receive a single dose of COVID-19 vaccine, fully vaccinated and healthy people should not be given a booster dose,” she said.

    The regional director once again called on countries with doses exceeding their needs to share with countries in need.

    “The huge gap in vaccine equity is not closing anywhere near fast enough. The quickest way to end this pandemic is for countries with reserves to release their doses so that other countries can buy them. Countries with enough doses should give up their places in the manufacturing queue for COVAX,” she said. 

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