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Coronavirus (1181) Who is susceptible to online health misinformation?
Interesting paper from Health Psychology journal. The full text is restricted-access, but the pre-print is available here: https://psyarxiv.com/t7bw2/ CITATION: Who is susceptible to online health misinformation? A test of four psychosocial hypotheses.Scherer, L. D., McPhetres, J., Pennycook, G., Kempe, A., Allen, L. A., Knoepke, C. E., Tate, C. E., & Matlock, D. D. (2021).https://doi.org/10.1037/hea0000978
7 March, 2021
Coronavirus (1179) Nigeria becomes the 3rd country to roll out covid-19 vaccination under the COVAX PROGRAMME (2)
One of the evident issues in the COVAX roll-out of anti-COVID vaccines is the numbers - 600,000 doses for Ghana (population 30 million+), 3.9 million doses for Nigeria (population 200 million+) - although this is a huge amount of vaccines, it is only enough for one dose for about 2% of population in both cases. How is the vaccine supply going to be distributed within the countries? When is the rest coming? What about the second dose?
6 March, 2021
Coronavirus (1180) Nigeria becomes the 3rd country to roll out covid-19 vaccination under the COVAX PROGRAMME (3)
Great questions from Chris. Thanks to him. In Nigeria at least the policy makers and the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 Pandemic have been asked the same questions. The responses came even before the arrival of the 3.9 million batch. We share some of the News reports below, which gives an insight into the answers: - ‘The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, had earlier announced that the first batch of 15 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines, which is from AstraZeneca under the COVAX programme, is expected to be available from February.
6 March, 2021
Coronavirus (1176) The largest immunization campaign in world history (2)
And on Tuesday 2nd March 2021, almost 3.9 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines arrived Abuja, Nigeria. Truly historic and interesting times for a globalized world. Joseph Ana
6 March, 2021
Coronavirus (1177) Nigeria becomes the 3rd country to roll out covid-19 vaccination under the COVAX PROGRAMME
As Nigeria becomes the 3rd country to roll out covid-19 vaccination as part of the UN directed COVAX programme, today 5th March 2021, it is noteworthy to share the latest WHO Global report on this terrible pandemic (Nigeria received 3.9 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine 72 hours ago): 'Globally, as of 3:47pm CET, 5 March 2021, there have been 115,289,961 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 2,564,560 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 5 March 2021, a total of 249,160,837 vaccine doses have been administered.' Source: World Health Organization. Joseph Ana.
6 March, 2021
Coronavirus (1178) Vaccines, immunization, COVID-19
Dear Colleagues,
6 March, 2021
Coronavirus (1174) Vaccine hesitancy in Ghana
Extracts below from NPR News. Read online: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2021/03/04/971798030/ghana-gre... Ghana Greets Historic Vaccine Delivery With A Dose Of SkepticismMarch 4, 2021 "COVID vaccines are for adults, they are new and [Ghanaians] already have misconceptions and myths," says Mwinnyaa, research fellow at Johns Hopkins National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases
5 March, 2021
Coronavirus (1175) The largest immunization campaign in world history
Eleven weeks after the UK started its vaccination programme, the COVAX vaccine facility began the distribution of over 2 billion doses to participating countries.
5 March, 2021
Coronavirus (1172) Africa Infodemic Response Alliance
From the WHO Africa Regional Office website: https://www.afro.who.int/aira --The COVID-19 pandemic brought to the fore a long-troubling threat to public health: the rapid spread of misinformation and disinformation about health. In response to this threat during the COVID-19 pandemic, but also with an eye toward the future, the WHO in Africa and other actors on the continent joined forces to form the Africa Infodemic Response Alliance (AIRA).
4 March, 2021
Coronavirus (1173) Supply chain outbreak response platform
Dear Supply Health Supply Professionals,
4 March, 2021
Coronavirus (1171) WHO Bulletin - Claire Wardle: Tackling the infodemic
Claire Wardle: tackling the infodemicClaire Wardle talks to Andréia Azevedo Soares about the challenges faced in addressing false or misleading information about health. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Volume 99, Number 3, March 2021, 169-240https://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/99/3/21-030321.pdf--
4 March, 2021
Coronavirus (1184) BMJ: Should spreading anti-vaccine misinformation be criminalised? (2)
[in response to https://www.hifa.org/dgroups-rss/coronavirus-1170-bmj-should-spreading-a... ] Well,
3 March, 2021
Coronavirus (1182) Germany has more than 1 million Covid-19 vaccines unused in storage (2) Vaccine inequity
Hi! My name is Fernando Dominguez and I'm currently working as a general practitioner in a rural community in Honduras. Currently we don't have widespread access to the vaccine, and as a country we have been depending mainly on antibody tests and not on RT-PCR nasal swabs due to the high cost of the nasal swabs relative to the antibody tests. This has led to high rates of confusion amongst the population and a false sense of security when they get a negative antibody test for both IgM and IgG.
1 March, 2021
Coronavirus (1183) WHO: COVID-19 vaccine introduction toolkit (2)
This toolkit if [is] phenomenal for a standarization of vaccination practices that can be followed by people with different levels of education. In this way it provides with more people being capable of providing the vaccine and thus more people will be able to be vaccinated. [https://www.who.int/tools/covid-19-vaccine-introduction-toolkit/] HIFA profile: Fernando Dominguez Segovia is a Physician at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras, Honduras. Email: fer94ds AT hotmail.com
1 March, 2021
Coronavirus (1181) WHO: COVID-19 vaccine introduction toolkit
From the WHO website: https://www.who.int/tools/covid-19-vaccine-introduction-toolkit/ --Countries are beginning to deploy COVID-19 vaccines, bringing new hope to the fight against the global pandemic. WHO, UNICEF, Gavi and many other partners are working together to support countries in preparing for COVID-19 vaccine introduction. With careful planning, countries can ensure infrastructure is in place and the technical support available to safely deliver COVID-19 vaccines.
27 February, 2021
Coronavirus (1180) Unprotected African health workers die as rich countries buy up COVID-19 vaccines (3) Germany has more than 1 million Covid-19 vaccines unused in storage
Extract below from an NBC news item. Full text here: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/germany-has-more-1-million-covid-19-v... In Germany, over a million COVID-19 vaccine doses are sitting unused in storage, in part because of vaccine hesitancy amid misleading press reports and statements from political leaders that question their efficacy...
26 February, 2021
Coronavirus (1179) WHO publishes public health research agenda for managing infodemics (3)
Neil thank you for sharing this WHO release. [https://www.hifa.org/dgroups-rss/coronavirus-1168-who-publishes-public-h...
24 February, 2021
Coronavirus (1176) Covid-19 vaccination training for Health Workers
Forwarded from CORE Group. --Hi folks, openWHO eCourses Orientation to national deployment and vaccination planning for COVID-19 vaccines https://openwho.org/courses/covid-19-ndvp-en COVID-19 vaccination training for Health Workers https://openwho.org/courses/covid-19-vaccination-healthworkers-en
24 February, 2021
Coronavirus (1174) The ‘Animal Farm’ of COVID-19 Vaccination
[*Note from HIFA moderator (Neil PW): Apologies, this message was originally sent a few days ago. The article is available online here: [Read online: http://thewashingtonpost.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx] ] Courtesy of Washington Post, we share: Anything but accessible
23 February, 2021
Coronavirus (1175) Vaccines, immunisations and COVID-19 - CoVIAN Project platform
Hello Advocates and Stakeholders in Health and Development,
23 February, 2021

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