Monthly Archives: December 2016

Experts welcome end to US counter-terrorism measure

Two UN human rights experts have welcomed the decision by the United States to dismantle what they viewed as a “discriminatory” counter-terrorism measure.The National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) was adopted following the terrorist …

Somali parliament urged to “move swiftly” to complete electoral process

The recently-elected Somali lawmakers are being urged by the UN chief to “move swiftly” to complete the electoral process.About 283 Members of Parliament, or MPs, took an oath of office on Tuesday while interim speakers were appointed for both houses o…

PPF concerned over detention of Al Jazeera journalist in Egypt

Pakistan Press Freedom (PPF), in a letter to President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt, expressed concern over the arrest and detention of Al Jazeera journalists Mahmoud Hussein in Cairo on December 25. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali urged the government of Egypt to properly investigate the case and bring specific charges against the Al […]

ZAMBIAN HEALTH MINISTER ASSURES NO RATIONING OF ARV DRUGS

The Ministry of Health will not ration anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs for HIV positive Zambians because the country has enough stocks, says Minister of Health Dr. Chitalu Chilufya.In an interview with the Zambian National Broadcasting Corporation here, Dr…

ZAMBIAN GOVT SPENDS 480 MLN USD ON POWER IMPORTS THIS YEAR

The Zambian government has spent about 489 million US dollars this year to import power from neighbouring countries to cushion the power deficit which the nation had been experiencing, says Minister of Energy David Mabumba.The Energy Ministry is taking…

News in Brief 27 December 2016 (AM)

Integrity of Somalia electoral process “hangs in the balance”The integrity of Somalia’s electoral process “hangs in the balance” the UN Assistance Mission in the country (UNSOM) has warned, quoting Somalia’s international partners.Somalia’s first democ…

FOUR RHINOS KILLED ON FARM IN SOUTH AFRICA’S NORTH WEST PROVINCE

Four rhinos have been shot and killed by poachers at an enclosure for the animals on a farm in South Africa’s North West Province. A fifth rhino is in critical condition after being shot and de-horned. An outraged South African Citizens Against Poachin…

AFRICA: EBOLA VACCINE TO BE READY BY 2018 AFTER SUCCESSFUL TRIALS – WHO

An experimental Ebola vaccine has been proven to be highly effective against one of two strains of the virus according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The vaccine developed by American pharmaceutical company Merck was tried in Guinea, one of the three most affected countries by Ebola.

The anti-ebola vaccine which prevents human infection, it is the first vaccine for which efficacy against the Zaire strain has been shown.

I really believe that now we have a tool which would allow to control a new outbreak of Ebola, of the Zaire-strain � because there are two strains circulating, one is Zaire, and the other one is called Sudan. So for the called Sudan-Ebola, there is a need to develop the same vaccine, but we are now in a position to intervene and stop transmission of any outbreak of the Ebola-type (sic), of the Zaire-type, WHO’s Assistant-Director general for Health Systems and innovation Marie-Paule Kieny said.

The trial used a ring vaccination and about 5,000 people received the vaccination with no Ebola cases recorded after the period of 10 days.

Nevertheless, the vaccine still needs full regulatory approval, expected by 2018.

At this stage the producer Merck is preparing a dossier to submit for registration, because what we need in the end is a vaccine which can be used without a trial, without a study. So they will end up the preparation of their dossier for submission both in the US, with the US FDA, and in Europe, with the European Medicines Agency, in 2017. So we may have a vaccine which is registered in 2018, explained Kieny.

The virus which spreads by contact with infected blood and bodily fluids, has killed at least 11,300 people in West Africa since 2013.

Today, there are over 10,000 survivors of Ebola virus disease.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

SOUTH AFRICA’S ESKOM WELCOMES COURT DECISION DISMISSING WESTINGHOUSE PETITION

South Africa’s State-owned power utility, Eskom, has welcomed the Constitutional Court’s decision this week to dismiss an application by American power generation equipment Westinghouse to review the awarding of a tender for the replacement of six stea…