Until recently, Tanzania gave the impression that the coronavirus pandemic — which has brought the world to a standstill — was under control. President John Magufuli assured the 58 million inhabitants of the East African nation that they need not worry about observing COVID-19 preventative measures. He also vowed last year that his country would never face curfews or lockdowns that had been introduced in neighboring Kenya and Uganda. On March 16, 2020, Tanzania's health ministry announced the country's first confirmed case of the coronavirus. "When the cases were being reported, President Magufuli was out questioning the standard of the lab equipment," Thabit Jacob, a political analyst at Roskilde University, told DW. "He said the testing kits were made by western countries and were programmed to give many positive results." However, the Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said they had found no fault with Tanzania's testing … [Read more...] about Tanzania’s COVID-19 denial risks pulling Africa back
Vaccines when traveling to africa
AS the vaccination programme continues at an astonishing pace, many see the jab as the first step towards being able to travel again. But as yet, there has been no global agreement on whether proof of vaccination will be needed to travel. Both Greece and Israel have indicated they will offer vaccinated travellers no restrictions and Spain is saying it WILL welcome Brits this summer. Over-50s travel specialist Saga has confirmed a vaccination will be needed to book any of their holidays or cruises. ???? Read our coronavirus liv e blog for the latest news & updates Despite some mixed messages, the Government is apparently now looking into the idea of a vaccine passport. According to the travel insurance provider Battleface, 65 per cent of Brits would be prepared to take a vaccine that has passed all necessary tests if it meant they could travel internationally. This increases to 74 per cent of those aged over 55. So are vaccine passports a good idea? Travel … [Read more...] about Do vaccine passports only work in fantasyland?
Holidaymakers heading to the Seychelles will no longer need to quarantine for 10 days on arrival - provided they have had a Covid-19 vaccine. The East African archipelago's tourism authorities announced this week that "with immediate effect, Seychelles will be welcoming vaccinated visitors from any part of the world". Anyone who receives the vaccination will need to wait for two weeks after receiving their second dose before they will be allowed to head to the island. However, it's worth noting that there will still be entry requirements for vaccinated visitors; you'll need to prove you've had two doses of the official vaccines, and you'll still need to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test result, taken up to 72 hours before departure. The borders will remain closed to visitors who haven't been vaccinated, or who aren't travelling from the list of approved countries. (The Seychelles has currently closed its borders to anyone travelling from the UK). However, the islands are … [Read more...] about Seychelles won’t require tourists to quarantine if they’ve had a Covid vaccine
A booster jab that will help tackle the South African variant of coronavirus should be ready by the autumn, scientists said yesterday. The promise of an improved formulation will be necessary because the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine has a 'minimal' effect against the variant in reducing the number of cases, according to preliminary research. Government sources said last night that there was 'no indication' the easing of lockdown would be affected by the findings that the Oxford vaccine is less effective against the South African variant. Yesterday South Africa said it was suspending use of the AstraZeneca vaccine while scientists advise on the best way to proceed. Professor Sarah Gilbert, lead researcher in the Oxford team, said current vaccines 'have a reduction in efficacy against some of the variant viruses'. Professor Sarah Gilbert, lead researcher in the Oxford team, told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show that her team currently has 'a version with the South African spike sequence in the … [Read more...] about Booster jab by autumn: Second vaccine dose that will help tackle the South African variant of Covid-19 could be available later this year as experts work to tweak the Oxford vaccine after research showed it has ‘minimal’ effect on the mutant strain
VACCINE passports are unlikely to be needed for short-haul holidays, according to easyJet's CEO, as the vaccination programme will be enough to provide safe travel. The low-cost airline's Johan Lundgren explained that he didn't see them being introduced. The UK is one of the leading countries for vaccinations with 10m people given the first dose already - meaning one in five adults have now had it - with plans to vaccinate 15m of the highest-risk Brits by mid-February. Mr Lundgren told The Times in an interview: "I don’t think we will see [vaccine passports] coming to short haul. I don’t see what the purpose of them is. "If you have successfully launched and executed a vaccination programme you will be gaining control over the pandemic, so the issue should go away." He added that it is important to identify the "areas where there are higher rates of infection" and then enforce the Test to Release scheme.The UK government currently requires a negative coronavirus test and a … [Read more...] about Vaccine passports WON’T be needed for short-haul hols, predicts easyJet boss