Pfizer and BioNTech Announce Collaboration with Biovac to Manufacture and Distribute COVID-19 Vaccine Doses within Africa

Biovac will perform manufacturing and distribution activities within Pfizer’s and BioNTech’s global COVID-19 vaccine supply chain and manufacturing network, which will now span three continents and include more than 20 manufacturing facilities. To facilitate Biovac’s involvement in the process, technical transfer, on-site development and equipment installation activities will begin immediately. Pfizer and BioNTech expect that Biovac’s Cape Town facility will be incorporated into the vaccine supply chain by the end of 2021. Biovac will obtain drug substance from facilities in […]

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Africa’s potential in the blue economy highlighted in the World Water Congress

Thirty-eight countries in the African continent are bordered by the ocean or the sea, but for 70% of them, their maritime exclusive economic zones are largely under-exploited. The maritime zones under African jurisdiction cover some 13 Million km2 and some 6.5 km2 of continental shelf. In a video(link is external) broadcast on 1 June last during the Digital World Water Congress organized by the International Water Association (IWA), the President of the African Development Bank, Dr Akinwumi A. Adesina, extolled the […]

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African presidents and global leaders support bold action on climate change adaptation for Africa

In a historic and united show of solidarity for a continent that contributes only 5% to global emissions, more than 30 heads of state and global leaders committed to prioritize actions that help African countries adapt to the impacts of climate change and “build forward better.” Africa now faces the dual onslaught of climate change – currently estimated at between $7 billion and $15 billion each year – and Covid-19, which has claimed 114,000 lives. The African Development Bank expects […]

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US$1.2 million Innovation Fund launched to unearth emerging technologies

Fund seeks to support entrepreneurs using renewable energy to start or diversify existing businesses The African Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) (www.AECFafrica.org) has today launched a US$1.2 million Innovation Fund to unlock the potential of renewable energy to create new business opportunities. Businesses and entrepreneurs in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe can apply for funding. The fund is aimed at strengthening market readiness of emerging innovations, as well as secure financial, technical, and networking support for taking […]

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Africa’s WorldTour team partners with UK safety app leaders

Busby aims to make bike riding, as well as other sports and activities, safer Busby, the UK’s leading micro-mobility safety app, founded in Liverpool has today announced their partnership with Team Qhubeka ASSOS (www.TeamQhubeka.com), Africa’s only UCI WorldTour cycling team. Ride safe with us, sign-up here: https://bit.ly/38drPim Busby, launched in November 2019 by Liverpool-born friends Barry Green, James Duffy and Kirk Ryan, aims to make bike riding, as well as other sports and activities, safer. Busby, which as of August […]

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WHO, African Development Bank and Africa CDC call for coordinated vaccination rollout and investments in local manufacture …

…of drugs and diagnostics as a defense system for Africa Aswan Forum: Put healthcare, including vaccines, at the center of rebuilding Africa back better and more resilient – WHO, African Development Bank, Africa CDC Africa must protect itself against future pandemics and other shocks through higher investment in primary healthcare and increased local manufacturing of key medical products, panelists at the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development urged on Monday. Egypt hosted the virtual, second edition of the meeting, […]

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