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The injections of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine has come to a sudden halt in various countries across the continent due to rare blood-clotting syndrome emerging in six recipients.

The six recipients were all women between the ages of 18 and 48, and all developed the illness within one to three weeks of being vaccinated. All the six women who suffered what is called ‘cerebral venous sinus thrombosis’ are reported to have had low platelet counts. Frontline experts hypothesize that the vaccine activates platelets and leads to blood clots in channels that help transmit blood away from the brain. The blood clots can cause strokes or damage to the brain.

Action taken by European and Northern American states                                                                                                 

On the 9th of April 2021, the European Medicine Agency (EMA) announced its Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) were reviewing the Janssen COVID-10 vaccine safety signals, following reports of blood-clotting occurrences in four recipients of the Janssen vaccine in the USA. On 13th April 2021, due to concerns over the Janssen vaccine, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended a halt in the administering of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Janssen COVID-19 vaccine in African states

In a statement to African Union (AU) Member States, the African Centre for Disease Control and Preparation (Africa CDC) issued a statement consolidating the J&J vaccine predicament in Africa. The Africa Regulatory Taskforce has endorsed the Emergency Use Authorization for the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.

At present, South Africa is the only member state permitting the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. Registered by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA), over 290 000 doses have been administered. On 13th April 2021, South African Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize announced that the country had no reports of any blood clots following the administering of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. As a precautionary measure, South Africa has announced that the rollout of the vaccine will be halted to review and assess the situation alongside global regulatory authorities.

Recommendations from the Africa CDC to the AU Member States

The Africa CDC states, “As such rapid access to safe and effective vaccines is paramount to the African Union vaccination strategy to achieve control of the pandemic. Africa CDC will continue to monitor reports of adverse events following immunization, for all COVID-19 vaccines, including the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, and will provide further guidance to Member States.”


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16 April 2021| by Sisipho Ntsabo                                                                   Relocation Africa

At Relocation Africa, we receive updates regarding the COVID-19 pandemic from a number of our business partners, as well as track information online ourselves.

Below, we have compiled a number of country-specific statements we have issued over the past few weeks relating to the coronavirus’ impact. These include information about government interventions, lock-downs, and impacts on immigration.

Please note these are ever-evolving issues, and for the most up-to-date information, we recommend you contact your local government or embassy directly.

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The below information was provided to us courtesy of Advocaat Law Practice.

The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has placed the city of Lagos, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and Ogun states on lock-down for an initial period of 14 days, with effect from 11pm on Monday, 30 March 2020.

The order will not be applicable to the following:

  1. Hospitals and all related medical establishments ass well as organizations in healthcare-related manufacturing and distribution.
  2. Commercial establishments such as food processing, distribution and retail companies; petroleum distribution and retail entities; power generation, transmission and distribution companies; and private security companies.
  3. Workers in telecommunication companies, broadcasters, print and electronic media staff, who can prove they are unable to work from home.
  4. All seaports in Lagos, and vehicles and drivers conveying essential cargo from these ports to other parts of the country.
  5. All vehicles conveying food and other essential humanitarian items into the movement restriction locations from other parts of the country.

Though exempted, the above establishments/persons and their access will be restricted and monitored.

In addition to the movement restriction orders by the President and the provision or relief materials for persons whose livelihood will be affected by the restrictive measures, the government has also released an initial N15 billion intervention fund to support vulnerable members of society. Lastly, the President directed that a 3 month repayment moratorium be granted for all Federal Government-funded loans issued by the Bank of Industry, Bank of Agriculture, and the Nigeria Export Import Bank

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Please note this story was updated in the media to reflect the fact that the 28 year old woman who died did not pass away as a result of COVID-19, but rather had another respiratory-related condition.

Two women from the Western Cape – a 28-year-old who was admitted to hospital on Thursday and a 48-year-old who has been in ICU, are the first two confirmed deaths of the Covid-19 virus in South Africa.

This was confirmed by Western Cape Premier Alan Winde on Friday morning, following a brief statement earlier in the morning by Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, who also noted that the number of verified Covid-19 cases in the country “have tipped the 1 000-mark.”

Speaking to Moneyweb, Winde says it is very sad news for the province and South Africa. He adds that it highlights why citizens need to take the situation and the lockdown more seriously.

“The fact that these two women were relatively young – one being in her twenties and the other in her forties – should serve as a serious warning to South Africans that it is not only the elderly that are at risk. We all need to take responsibility and stay home during this lockdown,” he says.

“With these two deaths being confirmed on the first day of the lockdown in the country, it brings home the seriousness of what we are facing…. It highlights the importance of the lockdown, which I fully support.

“I call on all South Africans to take responsibility for yourselves and for every single citizen around during this time.”

In his statement, Mkhize said: “This morning, we wake South Africans up with sad news that we now have our first deaths resulting from Covid-19. These two deaths occurred in the Western Cape. One at a private hospital and the other at a public hospital.”

The minister added that government would share more details later today, however he noted that the number of cases had increased (from 927) on Thursday to more than 1 000 by Friday morning.

Meanwhile, Winde tells Moneyweb that besides the ages and the fact that the first two deaths in South Africa were women from the Western Cape, he could not currently share further details.

“Minister Mkhize will share more details later today, but the Western Cape already had more than 200 of the 927 confirmed cases in the country on Thursday. The numbers are bound to increase, that’s why we need to do all we can to slow down the spread of the virus through the lockdown and people staying home,” he says.

Gauteng remains the epicentre of the virus in South Africa, with 409 of the 927 confirmed Covid-19 cases on Thursday.

The Western Cape has the second highest number of cases at 229, while KwaZulu-Natal has the third highest with 134 cases. These numbers are expected to be updated later on Friday.

The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases globally has topped the half-a-million mark and US-based Johns Hopkins University now estimates that the US has more suspected and confirmed cases of Covid-19 than China and Italy. The US, China and Italy all have more than 80 000 cases, but Italy still has the highest death toll.

Globally the death toll has surpassed the 23 000-mark.

To track the spread of the virus, visit Microsoft’s map here.

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