COVID Vaccines To Be Required For Military Under New US Plan

WASHINGTON — Members of the U.S. military will be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine beginning next month under a plan laid out by the Pentagon Monday and endorsed by President Joe Biden. In memos distributed to all troops, top Pentagon leaders said the vaccine is a necessary step to maintain military readiness. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the mid-September deadline could be accelerated if the vaccine receives final FDA approval or infection rates continue to rise. “I will seek the president’s approval to make the vaccines mandatory no later…

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Nursing home to workers: Get vaccine or lose your job

NEW YORK — The U.S. nursing home industry’s resistance to forcing workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 for fear that too many of them might quit began to crack this week when its biggest player announced its employees must get the shot to keep their jobs. The new requirement at Genesis Healthcare, which has 70,000 employees at nearly 400 nursing homes and senior communities, is the clearest sign yet that owners may be willing to risk an exodus at already dangerously understaffed facilities to quickly vaccinate the 40% of workers…

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Zim passes million 1st jabs mark

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ZIMBABWE has marked a major milestone in response to Covid-19 as the country has vaccinated more than one million people. According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care daily vaccination update, by Thursday afternoon, 1 036 252 people had received their first dose while 630 610 had received their second dose. Government is rolling out a mass vaccination exercise, which is free and voluntary with the aim to reach 10 million citizens to achieve herd immunity. “To date a total of 1 036 252 people have been vaccinated against…

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Parirenyatwa Has Stopped Booking For COVID-19 Vaccination

Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals (PGH) has stopped booking people for COVID-19 vaccination saying the group will now operate on a first-come, first-serve basis. News Flash presents the Group’s statement that announced the development. We would like to inform members of the public that we have stopped the booking system which the hospital had introduced to manage the huge numbers of people who came to be vaccinated. Prior to the 9th of July 2021, Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals was one of the only 2 vaccination centres in the Greater Harare. This…

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Two million jabs arrive

zimbabwe yesterday took delivery of two million Sinovac Covid-19 vaccines bought from China, with another 3,5 million expected this month as Government intensifies the vaccination programme, part of efforts to bring life in the country back to normalcy. The Government is keen to quickly achieve herd immunity and revive the economy which has been affected by the global pandemic. Senior State officials yesterday said the vaccination programme was not just about saving lives but saving the economy and the world at large. Finance and Economic Development Minister, Professor Mthuli Ncube…

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‘This IS INSANE’: Africa desperately short of COVID vaccine

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CAPE TOWN — In the global race to vaccinate people against COVID-19, Africa is tragically at the back of the pack. In fact, it has barely gotten out of the starting blocks. In South Africa, which has the continent’s most robust economy and its biggest coronavirus caseload, just 0.8% of the population is fully vaccinated, according to a worldwide tracker kept by Johns Hopkins University. And hundreds of thousands of the country’s health workers, many of whom come face-to-face with the virus every day, are still waiting for their shots.…

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US to swiftly boost global vaccine sharing, Biden announces

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced Thursday the U.S. will swiftly donate an initial allotment of 25 million doses of surplus vaccine overseas through the United Nations-backed COVAX program, promising infusions for South and Central America, Asia, Africa and others at a time of glaring shortages abroad and more than ample supplies at home. The doses mark a substantial — and immediate — boost to the lagging COVAX effort, which to date has shared just 76 million doses with needy countries. The announcement came just hours after World Health Organization…

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Free Beer is the latest vaccine incentive for Biden ‘month of action’

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is announcing a “month of action” Wednesday to urge more Americans to get vaccinated for COVID-19 before the July 4 holiday, with an early summer sprint of incentives, including free beer, childcare and sports tickets to convince Americans to roll up their sleeves. In an afternoon address from the White House, Biden will announce a slew of new initiatives to ease barriers to vaccinations and to make getting shots more appealing to those who haven’t received a dose yet. It comes as he is closing…

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China Donates More Vaccines to the Army

China has through its People’s Liberation Army (PLA) donated 100 000 more doses of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines to the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF). The latest delivery was received by the Minister of Defence and War Veterans Affairs Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri and ZDF Commander General Phillip Valerio Sibanda were at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport on Monday afternoon. The consignment handed to Zimbabwean authorities by Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe Guo Shaochun, included 420 000 syringes. Speaking after receiving the consignment, Minister Muchinguri said the donation will aid in Zimbabwe’s quest…

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SA detects cases of COVID-19 variants first identified in India and the UK

The four cases of B.1.617.2 variant of COVID-19 have been detected in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal The Department of Health has confirmed that variants of the COVID-19 virus first identified in the UK and India have been detected in South Africa. The Department says, “The Network for Genomic Surveillance in South Africa (NGS-SA) confirmed today that 2 variants of concern, other than the B.1.351 already dominating in South Africa, have been detected. These are: B.1.1.7 (first detected in the UK)- 11 cases. B.1.617.2 (first detected in India)- 4 cases.” “In addition,…

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