Namibia forges ahead with AstraZeneca, despite halt in SA

Recent scientific trials have found that the AstraZeneca vaccine offered "minimal protection" against mild and moderate cases. But experts are hopeful that it will still be effective at preventing severe cases, BBC reported yesterday.

09 February 2021 | Health

STAFF REPORTER







WINDHOEK

Namibia will continue with plans to acquire Covid-19 vaccine AstraZeneca, which has been halted in parts of the world, including neighbouring South Africa, over "disappointing" results against the new coronavirus variant.

“Yes, we are proceeding,” health minister Dr Kalumbi Shangula said yesterday, when asked whether Namibia would go ahead with procuring the vaccine in light of the new, unflattering results.

“When new data becomes available, everybody will be vaccinated,” he added.

Recent scientific trials found that the vaccine offered "minimal protection" against mild and moderate cases. But experts are hopeful that it will still be effective at preventing severe cases, the BBC reported yesterday.

South African health minister Zweli Mkhize yesterday said his government would wait for further advice on how best to proceed with the AstraZeneca vaccine in light of the findings.

Namibia’s biggest anticipated vaccine supply is through the Covax facility, for which N$29 million has already been paid.

SA’s expiring vaccine stock

Shangula yesterday defended government’s position to proceed with procuring AstraZeneca, despite new doubts about the vaccine.

“[AstraZeneca] was studied in a population from 18 years [old]. Among the people older than 65, there [are] only 660, which is not considered big enough to be relied upon. Studies among the 65+ years, under 18 and pregnant women are currently being carried out…” the minister said.

Meanwhile, a storm is brewing in South Africa after it was revealed that the vaccines that country received last week will expire in April.

Commenting on whether Namibia faced the same situation, Shangula said: “We have not received any vaccine yet. We can therefore not face the situation like South Africa”.

Similar News

 

Obesity one of leading risk factors for premature death...

2 days ago - 02 March 2021 | Health

Obesity is most commonly measured using the body mass index (BMI) scale. The World Health Organization (WHO) define BMI as: “a simple index of weight-for-height...

Pay up first, council tells ministry

3 days ago - 01 March 2021 | Health

Erwin Leuschner SWAKOPMUNDThe health ministry wants to use additional municipal bungalows in Swakopmund for quarantine purposes. While the town council has approved...

Govt overspent on Covid-19 budget

1 week ago - 25 February 2021 | Health

JEMIMA BEUKESWINDHOEKThe health ministry has exceeded its N$727 million Covid-19 response budget by about N$50 million, the ministry’s executive director Ben Nangombe confirmed yesterday.Nangombe said...

Covid-19’s impact on noncommunicable diseases

1 week ago - 23 February 2021 | Health

Moving towards universal health coverage, promoting health and wellbeing, and protecting against health emergencies are the WHO global priorities that are shared by the proposed...

What they don't tell you about contraceptives

1 week ago - 23 February 2021 | Health

TUYEIMO HAIDULAOSHAKATINamibia has been struggling to provide family planning, which health executive director Ben Nangombe blamed on the Covid-19 pandemic. However, hospitals have started restocking...

Vaccine arrival delayed again

1 week ago - 22 February 2021 | Health

JEMIMA BEUKESWINDHOEKHealth minister Dr Kalumbi Shangula has announced that instead of the promised beginning of February, vaccine doses under the Covax facilities will now only...

Period poverty cripples future of Namibian girls

1 week ago - 22 February 2021 | Health

JANA-MARI SMITHWINDHOEK The onset of menstruation for many Namibian teens poses a threat to their health, education, development and success later in life as they...

New oxygen machines for Otjozondjupa

1 week ago - 22 February 2021 | Health

ESTER KAMATIOTJIWARONGOThe Otjozondjupa Region has received two oxygen concentrator machines worth N$45 000 from the Namibia Community Trust.The machines were handed over on Thursday by...

Cancer association remains steadfast in mission to fight cancer...

1 week ago - 19 February 2021 | Health

STAFF REPORTERThe Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN) joined global partners in a campaign to raise awareness about childhood cancer on World Childhood Cancer Day on...

A world where all people breathe freely

2 weeks ago - 16 February 2021 | Health

Globally, it is estimated that about 3 million deaths were caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in 2015 (that is, 5% of all deaths...

Latest News

Otjikoto sitting on a gold...

11 hours ago | Business

Jo-Maré Duddy – B2Gold’s Otjikoto mine is expected to reach record-level production this year and through to 2024, the Canada-based low-cost international senior gold producer...

Mining survey: Chamber hits back

11 hours ago | Business

PHILLEPUS UUSIKU Too few responses have skewed Namibia's performance on the 2020 Fraser Institute Survey of Mining Companies, tarnishing its image as an attractive investment...

‘Not up to you’

11 hours ago | Education

TUYEIMO HAIDULA ONGWEDIVA Higher education minister Itah Kandjii-Murangi says institutions of higher learning...

Sioka in hot water over...

11 hours ago | Ministries

JANA-MARI SMITH WINDHOEKThe clock is ticking for child welfare minister Doreen Sioka who has less than a month to present a...

Corruption - A social disease...

11 hours ago | Columns

Johan CoetzeeGiven ongoing media articles about governance, manifested in contraction of investment and increasing unemployment, it is appropriate to reflect on several trends covering several...

EDITORIAL

11 hours ago | Opinion

The phony attempts by mainly men in the National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) to undermine its president Esther Muinjangue will only further dissuade women from...

Drought policy in review to...

11 hours ago | Agriculture

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEKThe agriculture ministry is in the process of reviewing the country’s drought...

Nam mining licence loophole closed

11 hours ago | Business

From the beginning of April this year, Namibians who hold mineral licences will no longer be allowed to transfer it to foreign companies or persons...

Aroab SME owners hope for...

11 hours ago | Business

Suzith Tjitaura – Small business owners at Aroab say they hope for better days as they have hardly generated any profits since the start of...

Load More