Researchers halt South Africa trial of failed HIV vaccine

Researchers halt South Africa trial of failed HIV vaccine

A clinical trial of a vaccine that researchers hoped would prevent HIV was stopped by its organizers, according to a statement Monday from The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health in the United States. “This action was taken because an independent…

How South Africa struggles against Big Tobacco

How South Africa struggles against Big Tobacco

South Africa, although hailed as one of the most prosperous economies on the African continent, remains a country of missed opportunities. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) once again made this clear in its consultations with the Treasury, urging the government to implement reforms to tackle weak growth as well as…

Moeti remains WHOAFRO chief as continent focuses on coronavirus

Moeti remains WHOAFRO chief as continent focuses on coronavirus

WHO held its executive board meeting in Geneva on Monday, with Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, reappointed to her position. Yet much of the meeting focused on the 2019nCov outbreak, which was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) on Thursday. China’s latest update…

WHO plans emergency committee meeting as virus deaths rise to 170

China’s latest update on the coronavirus epidemic, issued at midnight Wednesday, listed 170 fatalities with a new total of 7,711 confirmed cases – along with nearly 90,000 close contacts under health monitoring, according to the National Health Commission. Additional cases were reported in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, along with…

WHO holds off on PHEIC designation as global virus concern spreads

As China’s coronavirus spreads across the nation and into other countries, The World Health Organization said Thursday it has again postponed a decision on a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) while awaiting additional information. The PHEIC is a designation for an “extraordinary event” with the potential for international…

Togo hosts African leaders to launch counterfeit drug initiative

President Macky Sall of Senegal and his Ugandan counterpart, Yoweri Museveni, are among African heads of state participating in a conference on counterfeit medications hosted by President Faure Gnassingbé of Togo. The two-day conference runs through Saturday and is expected to lead to a “Lomé Initiative” to end the illegal…

WHO’s 2020 priorities resonate on African continent

With the new year, the World Health Organization has released a list of its top priorities for 2020. They include a number of concerns with special resonance on the African continent, including the need to understand that the climate crisis is a health crisis, and the need to address the…

WHO: More than 6,000 measles deaths in DR Congo

The World Health Organization says more than 6,000 people have died from measles in Democratic Republic of Congo, during an outbreak that has seen some 310,000 suspected cases reported since the beginning of 2019. “We are doing our utmost to bring this epidemic under control,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO…