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Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Pfizer clearance for teens?

The Health Ministry reported 1,090 new covid-19 infections yesterday, up from 1,078 the day before. The ministry also reported 60 new deaths, bringing the country’s total death toll to 13,591. Egypt has now disclosed a total of 231,803 confirmed cases of covid-19.

Supply constraints and antivaxers in Africa threaten a repeat of the surge in covid-ravaged India as Gavi / Covax vaccine deliveries look unlikely to arrive before June, co-chair of the Africa Vaccine Delivery Alliance Ayoade Alakija tells the Financial Times.

Countries like Rwanda, Senegal, Ghana and Botswana, which have “efficiently” used their limited vaccine supplies, are seeing their Covax doses dry up after the shipment suspension, while Egypt, Nigeria and Tunisia are among the African countries registering low weekly infection rates, according to a research note from Renaissance Capital.

Covid-19 vaccines could be available soon for ages 12-15: US regulators are poised to approve Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccine for children ages 12 to 15 next week, the Financial Times reports, citing sources with knowledge of the regulatory process. Manufacturers applied for the authorization last month after promising results from phase 3 clinical trials. The move could help the US get closer to herd immunity and help schools to reopen full-time later this year, the salmon-colored paper says.

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